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Basketball

Basketball was invented by Canadian professor James Naismith at Springfield College in Massachusetts in December 1891. It didn’t take long for the game to evolve into something resembling the m...

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Baseball

In a baseball game, while one team assumes nine defensive positions (three in the outfield, four around the infield bases, catcher, pitcher), the other team sends its own nine players to bat in a...

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Badminton

The aim in this racket sport is to score points by hitting a shuttlecock over a raised net and onto the floor of the opponent’s court. The five badminton events include men’s and women’s si...

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Athletics

The 48 athletics events are the most of any sport on the Olympic program. All are contested separately by men and women except where noted. The events can be divided into five groups:

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Archery

Men and women compete in separate individual and team events in Olympic archery. New at Tokyo 2020 will be a mixed team event. A ranking round of 72 arrows determines the seeding for all events.

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Biathlon

Incorporating cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, there are eleven biathlon events on the Olympic program which can be divided into six categories: Individual (men - 20km; women - 15km), Spr...

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Alpine Skiing

In the ten individual Olympic alpine skiing events, skiers race against the clock with each event timed to the hundredth of a second (0.01). The events can generally be divided into speed and tec...

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Bobsleigh

Bobsleds are built to hold one, two or four athletes. Beginning with a running start, teams push their sleds approximately 50 metres before jumping in and speeding more than 1000 metres down an i...

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