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Last week the head of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, announced that freestyle BMX and Oilers Womens Jersey three-on-three basketball would be introduced as events in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, joining karate, surfing, climbing, skateboarding and baseball/softball. The reason was Men's Alex English Authentic Light Blue Adidas Jersey: NBA Denver Nuggets #2 Throwback obvious, although Bach didn’t quite put it in these terms: the Games needed to be funked up for a younger generation.Bach called it a “step-change” and insisted the Games in Tokyo “will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women”. Many inside the Olympic movement wonder what took him so long.Certainly the IOC has been late to the party. Twenty20 cricket started in 2004 and quickly became the game’s most popular format. Rugby Sevens has been around since 1883, but since receiving the IOC’s stamp of approval in 2009 it has become more relevant than ever. Others, too, are chasing the millennials – realising that if they do not attract new audiences now, in 10 or 20 years’ time they could be increasingly irrelevant.And that includes staunchly conservative sports, such as golf. As Keith Pelley, chief executive officer of the European Tour, explains: “There are so many wonderful things about our game. But we are not in 1940 now. Every single sport is looking to adapt to a changing society. If you are not, you are going to fall behind.”Last month the European Tour hosted its first GolfSixes tournament, featuring 16 two-man teams from 16 countries competing on a specially designed six-hole course at the Centurion Club in St Albans. Each hole had a different theme – the third, for instance, had a long drive competition while the fourth had a 40-second shot clock.Henni Zuel, who covered the tournament for Sky, believes there were encouraging signs. “Of course it isn’t going to replace the 18-hole game,” she says. “And, as with anything like this, there are going to be things that could be better. But it was really noticeable that it seemed to bring in a younger audience. One of the things I kept hearing from families was that you can take your kids along to six holes, because it is not a massive long walk, and it made for a great atmosphere.”Athletics is another sport that is tentatively trying to recapture its former glories by slicing and dicing events. The most recent attempt to mix things up is Nitro Athletics – a new format involving six teams of 12 male and 12 female athletes competing in a potpourri of new and old events – which was launched in three Australian cities this year.There were mixed relays, javelin throwing for distance and accuracy, and a men’s mile where the last-placed runner was eliminated at the end of each of the first three laps of the track.It attracted a lot of media coverage, largely because Usain Bolt – who was rumoured to have been paid $1m to compete – was there. But not everyone is convinced Nitro Athletics is the way forward. As Jason Henderson, the editor of Athletics Weekly, puts it: “I was left feeling nonplussed. I’m all for experiments and fresh thinking. My problem with Nitro is that not much was earth-shatteringly innovative and some of it even made me cringe.”Many problems that sports face are far from fresh. Doping and corruption has festered and lingered for decades. But recently it has developed a fresh twist. Taking performance-enhancing drugs is no longer a black and white issue, but Adidas Jamie Langenbrunner Authentic Jersey one of ever-darkening shades of grey.Recently this issue has come worryingly close to home. Who could forget the sight of Bradley Wiggins revelling after adding a London 2012 time trial gold medal to his Tour de France triumph – a victory that not only made him Britain’s most successful Olympian but also the runaway winner of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award?Now Wiggins is fighting to save his reputation amid questions over what was in the jiffy bag delivered and administered to him on the final day of the Critérium du Dauphiné in June 2011 – and whether he Men's Replica Majestic Addison Reed White Home Jersey - #43 MLB New York Mets Cool Base width= might have broken any anti-doping rules at the time. Wiggins is also under pressure on a second front following leaks from the Russian hackers Fancy Bears which showed that he was granted therapeutic use exemptions for the powerful corticosteroid triamcinolone, supposedly for his allergies, before the 2011 and 2012 Tour de France and the 2013 Giro d’Italia.And I know there are a number of big agencies, who represent Hollywood stars, who are paying close attention to e-sports.

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