Wushu will be included as an official sport at the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, the International Olympic Committee confirmed at Wednesday's executive board meeting.
The inclusion of baseball, along with the already-approved breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing, means that all sports from the Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 organizing committees’ proposals are now included in the Dakar 2022 program.
“With the dates and the sports program confirmed, teams and athletes now have crucial information to refine their planning and aspire to take part in a historical event,” said Kirsty Coventry.
This will be the first time that wushu has been included in the YOG sports program, although it appeared in Nanjing 2014 as part of the “Sports Lab.”
There will be two men’s and two women’s events on the program. It is a popular youth-focused combat sport, with 120 million practitioners worldwide.