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Olympics for millennials? The new sports taking the stage at Rio and Tokyo

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Olympics for millennials? The new sports making an appearance at Rio and Tokyo

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday confirmed five new sports to be included in the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Skateboarding and surfing, among others, will now have a place at the games. This adds 18 new medal events to the Tokyo Games – and more than 470 athletes. This comes as two new disciplines are being unveiled during the Rio Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach said in a press release: "We want to take sport to the youth."

"With the many options that young people have, we cannot expect any more that they will come automatically to us," he added.

CNBC highlights the new sports we'll see in Rio and Tokyo, alongside some of the also-rans.

Disclosure: CNBC parent NBCUniversal owns NBC Sports and NBC Olympics. NBC Olympics is the U.S. broadcast rights holder to all Summer and Winter Games through the year 2032.

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