Karate hopes to be added for 2020 Olympics

Jan 8, 2015, 2:12 PM EDT

Karate hopes to join the Olympic program under new rules that allow host cities to propose adding sports.

The sport, which has never been contested at the Olympics, eyes inclusion for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

“Karate is a sport with Japanese roots,” World Karate Federation President Antonio Espinos said Thursday, according to The Associated Press. “Together with the Japanese Karate Federation, we are doing everything we can to make sure karate is part of the program in the 2020 Olympics.”

Not only must it convince organizers it belongs, but karate must also compete with other sports such as baseball and softball that want to be part of the Olympics.

In December, the IOC approved Agenda 2020, reforms that included shifting the focus from a set number of Olympic sports approved seven years in advan