Kirsty Bouwers
Jun 25, 2019

Urban sports give brands an exciting alternative from the norm at Tokyo 2020

Sponsors testing the waters in this relatively low-cost, high-engagement area need to take extra care to strike the right tone.

Tokyo 2020 is a trial run for sports such as skateboarding, which may or may not feature at subsequent Olympics (Shutterstock)

The addition of so-called urban sportsskateboarding, BMX freestyle, surfing, and 3x3 basketballto next year’s Olympics adds an edge to the usual excitement, for brands as well as audiences. Tokyo 2020 will be the first time for these sports to take a mainstream stage, presenting a unique opportunity for companies that may never have considered such an association before.

Some greeted the addition of these sports to the games with surprise, but it’s a...

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