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As Tokyo prepares to host the inaugural Olympic 3×3 basketball, freestyle BMX and skateboarding events, youth-focused “street sports” are breaking new ground in Japan, providing unexpected benefits and opportunities in some unlikely places.

While the X Games and the French Festival International des Sports Extremes (FISE) began showcasing extreme and street sports worldwide in the mid-1990s, tennis, team sports and traditional disciplines like wrestling, gymnastics and swimming remain the most popular Olympic sports in Japan.

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