There is some great news to pass along to all of you surfing fans! Your favorite sport has been recommended to be included in the Tokyo, Japan 2020 Olympic Games.The monumental decisionto accept surfing was made during September 2015 by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.In fact, two surfing events will take place consisting of 20 male and 20 female surfers who will all enjoy riding the waves as they compete for some very prestigious medals. In addition, softball/baseball, skateboarding, sports climbing, and karate were also suggested as sports to be included.
Adding surfing to the schedule is quitea record-breaking accomplishment sinceFernando Aguerre, International Surfing Association president, has been pursuing this endeavor for over ten years.1
In fact, many surfers have “jumped on the wave”over the previous 20 years as five bids were submitted for consideration in Brazil, Sydney, London, Athens, and Beijing.Unfortunately, none of thosebids were accepted at the time. However, all of that has changed now as the history books are currently being rewritten; and perhaps those who are currently opposed will come around and enjoy making abig splash in time.
Aguerre has some very good reasons for wanting to include surfing in the Olympic Games. He has noted that there are more than 35 million surfers throughout the world, so it is a global sport that is more admired than many other Olympic sports being performedtoday. He also stated that surfers are very inspirational people who serve as good role models and exert a positive influence.
Andrew Stark, who is the Chief Executive Officer at Surfing Australia, stated that the “down under” would certainly be a great prospect to obtain the Gold medal. Furthermore, he said that the surfing organization is definitely looking forward to starting the voyage towards the 2020 Olympics. He also saidthat this eventis a hugeadvancement for the world of surfing in general.
In addition, Mick Fanning, who has won the World Surfing Championship three times,said that any surfer should consider it an honorto represent his or her country in an event as prominent as the Olympic Games.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is expected to authorize the sports event during the 129th Session at Rio in August 2016.
This is indeed a very exciting time in surfing history. So,if you are unable to attend in person, please be sure to watch the competitionlivefrom the comfort of your TV set as we cheer on our favorite surfers during the 2020 Olympic Games.