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Tokyo 2020 sets date to announce proposed added Olympic sports

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(L-R) President of the Tokyo 2020 bid committee Tsunekazu Takeda, Japanese triathlon athlete Yuka Sato and Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee CEO Masato Mizuno unveil the new slogan “Discover Tomorrow” and logo for the 2020 Summer Olympics bid in Tokyo on July 19, 2012. The slogan underpinned “global inspiration and dynamic innovation”, reflecting Japan’s bid for the Games and Tokyo as a city, said bid committee president Tsunekazu Takeda. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/GettyImages)

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Tokyo Olympic organizers will announce which sports they propose to add for the 2020 Games on Sept. 28.

Baseball and softball, bowling, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, surfing and wushu were named finalist sports to be considered to be added for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on June 21.

After Tokyo officials name the proposed added events from that list, the International Olympic Committee will make a final decision in August as to which sports will be added for 2020, if any.

Olympic host cities can propose adding sports for their Games under Agenda 2020 reforms passed by the International Olympic Committee in December.

Tokyo 2020 organizers said added sports will promote “the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal” and engage “the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision.”

Baseball and softball, part of the Olympics from 1996 through 2008, are a joint bid and thought to be the favorite to be added for Tokyo 2020, if any sports are added. More on baseball-softball here.

Squash, along with baseball-softball, lost out on being added for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics when the IOC voted to keep wrestling in the Olympic program on Sept. 8, 2013.

The following sports applied for inclusion in Tokyo 2020 but failed to make the finalist list:

Air sports, bowls, bridge, chess, dance sport, floorball, flying disc, football, korfball, netball, orienteering, polo, racquetball, sumo, tug of war, underwater sports and waterski and wakeboard.

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