The 2016 Olympics might look like an unmitigated disaster, but 2020 is going to be rad as hell.

Your 30-something friend who never gave up skateboarding has just been vindicated – it’s now been recognised as a genuine Olympic sport for serious athletes.

The event is set to debut at Tokyo 2020, 4 years after this Olympics becomes a distant, disturbing memory. Other newly minted sports include surfing, climbing, karate and baseball (which is huge in Japan). Bad news for anybody who still seriously wants League of Legends in the Olympiad, though.

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According to the official site, the decision was taken to appeal to young people by including sports they actually know.

Skateboarding has come a long way since the days of Tony Hawk and home video shows; it’s a truly international scene, with skaters in countries like Ethiopia, India and Iran.

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