Surfing is one step closer to Paris 2024

June 25, 2019 | Surfing
France: surfers will compete for Olympic medals in Paris 2024 | Photo: ISA

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved the inclusion of surfing in the official sports program for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Surfers will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Paris after making their Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

Paris 2024 had submitted its proposal to include breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing on the Olympic program to the IOC.

The IOC Executive Board is expected to make the final official ratification on the proposed events in December 2020.

"It's another amazing day for Olympic surfing, as we're a sport for the new era of the Games - a sport that 'Made For Sharing,' in line with Paris 2024 values," says Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association.

The ISA hopes that the announcement moves surfing closer to long-term Olympic inclusion.

"In Tokyo, we will showcase the sport's unique youthful personality and vibrant culture. And I am sure we will bring a new dynamic youth appeal and leave a lasting legacy for Japan and the Games."

Aguerre will now work with the French Surfing Federation and the Paris 2024 organizers to select the venue. A final decision will be taken in December 2019.

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