The International Olympic Committee is one step away from contributing skateboarding, channel-surf and several other boasts to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games — a change it says “wouldve been” “most comprehensive evolution” of the Olympic program in modern history.
The proposed package — which also includes karate, boasts climbing and baseball/ softball — offers “a key focus on youth” and represents “a combination of well-established and rising boasts with substantial popularity in Japan and beyond, ” the IOC said in a release.
Last year, after the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee proposed contributing the five athletics, famed skateboarder Tony Hawk announced it an exciting prospect.
“This is not only a great opportunity for our athletic and the skaters, but likewise for the Games, ” he said. “It is now more important than ever to perpetuate the unique culture of skateboarding which moves our boast so appealing and relevant.”
The IOC executive board voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of the proposal, but it still needs to be approved at the committee’s August session in Rio de Janeiro.
The five proposed athletics for the Tokyo tournaments would add 18 phenomena and 474 jocks to the Olympic program. Skateboarding would peculiarity two street and two ballpark affairs, each with 20 male and 20 female challengers. Surfing would boast a duo of shortboard races, each with 20 male and 20 female jocks.
The International Surfing Association was among the organizations that celebrated Wednesday’s announcement.
“This is a wonderful moment for our play and for the global surfing pedigree, ” ISA President Fernando Aguerre said in a statement. “Surfing has incredible boy petition and a unique culture that would offer huge price to the Olympic movement.”
Riccardo Fraccari, president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, said here inclusion of baseball and softball — which would each boast six squads of 24 contestants — would be “the biggest and most exciting international competition in the history of our sport.”
If the pack receives final favor, karate would boast male and female events for kata as well as kumite. Athletics clambering would include males and rivalries in two separate affairs — bouldering and lead and velocity combined.
The IOC said Tuesday that the bundle “promotes equal opportunities … while also focusing on innovative and exciting boasts for Japan and the wider international community.”