It's official: skateboarding and surfing are both just one step away from becoming Olympic sports.
The groundbreaking announcement means that the IOC will make an official decision on the sports' inclusion in August 2016, after the Additional Event Program Panel green-lit skateboarding and surfing yesterday, along with climbing, baseball and karate.
“We firmly believe that by connecting with youth, bringing to life Olympic Agenda 2020 and the Tokyo 2020 vision, our proposal constitutes the best possible package that will add the most value to the Games,” said Fujio Mitarai, chair of the panel.
Skateboarding has been heavily favoured to feature at the Tokyo 2020 Games since the International Federation of Roller Sports began formally bidding for the sport to be included last year. Surfing's potential inclusion has been met with less positivity, with man-made waves almost certainly required for the event to take place in future venues without suitable conditions for natural surfing.
If successful, the skateboarding events will be split into two divisions — park (think transitions) and street (think Street League) — with male and female competitors in both disciplines. The top 20 male and top 20 female riders will compete in each division.
Surfing is also set to involve the top 20 men and women, who will compete in the shortboard event.
What do you think? Is this good for skateboarding? Is it good for surfing? Or is it only good for the Olympics themselves? Let us know your thoughts.
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