Surfing gets one step closer to permanent Olympic inclusion
With the recent news that the Paris 2024 Olympics would hold their surfing event in the ocean, you could be forgiven for thinking its inclusion was a foregone conclusion. Yet it's not, when surfing was promoted to Olympic status it was only for the forthcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
To get a seat at the 2024 games, surfing must first be provisionally included on the list of Olympic sports, and secondly be ratified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
That last step will only happen after the Tokyo Olympics are completed, however news overnight saw surfing included on the provisional list for Paris. It joined sport climbing, skateboarding, and breakdancing as the newest sports to push for inclusion.
“The four sports that Paris has proposed are all totally in line with Olympic Agenda 2020 because they contribute to make the programme more gender balanced and more urban, and offer the opportunity to connect with the younger generation,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.
“The proposed sports are in line with these principles and enhance Paris 2024’s overall dynamic Games concept, which focuses on inclusivity, inspiring a new audience, and hosting socially responsible Games.”
Surfing will vie with breakdancing for the attention of an urban, gender-balanced, younger-generation
The final announcement will be made in December 2020 once the Olympic Commitee has "officially observed" the performance of surfing at the Tokyo games. Surfing will be held in the unique grey water waves of Shidashita Beach, an hour outside of Tokyo.
Naturally, Fernando Aguerre, head of the ISA, was estatic: "This is another amazing day for Olympic Surfing, as we move one step closer to Paris 2024 and long-term Olympic inclusion."
“Surfing is a sport for the new era of the Games, a sport that is truly ‘Made For Sharing’ in line with Paris 2024 values. Surfing combines high-performance action with a connection to the environment, sustainability and self-improvement. Surfing aligns perfectly with Paris 2024 and the Olympic values and we’re proud to have the chance to continue our journey with the IOC."
“On behalf of the entire Surfing community, I would like to thank all involved in today’s decision.”