Will 2020 be the year of a renewal of the sports paradigm?
2020 begins a new decade marked by several commemorations such as the 50 years since the famous band The Beatles separated, 75 years after the founding of the United Nations Organization and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and 150 years since the communist Lenin was born... but what happens in the sports field?
2020 is the year of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Games that want to be the most innovative in history because they open a new chapter with the inclusion of new sports modalities and technology as the focus of the event.
The Tokyo Games will be marked by the inclusion of 5 new sports modalities that are baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, climbing and surfing. Many of these sports have been chosen as a reflection of new sports trends and especially to attract a young audience that is increasingly fleeing traditional sports in search of more emotions, sensations and adrenaline in sports. The introduction of these sports in the most famous sporting event in history suggests that there will be an increase in practitioners of these disciplines, particularly among children and young people.
The new sports modalities in the natural environment are gaining more and more ground and together with self-learning and the ease in the acquisition of adequate sports equipment, the young public is gradually moving towards another distant sector of organized sport, as we know it today. Self-taught sports practice without promoters agents has been leading in recent years providing a differential value that allows the population itself to manage the training and some small competitions according to what context, such as the beach or the mountain.
The new sports trends provoke a process of reflection that falls on all sports agents who are responsible for devising and redirecting current public sports policies adapting them to the demands of society and, specifically, taking advantage of recent opportunities and the change in conception that is living the sport to create new models.
Are we prepared to face this challenge?