Surfing is out of the 2020 Olympic Games

July 6, 2011 | Surfing
Surfing: kicking out of the Olympics, again

Surfing will not be one of the sports included in the 2020 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released the short list of possible additions and only a board sport is featured.

Wakeboard, baseball, karate, roller sports, softball, sports climbing, squash and wushu are the chosen sports in the IOC short list.

"Surfing is naturally disappointed not to have been included on this short list. We remain firmly convinced that, with its unique attributes of sport performance, youthful relevance and growing global industry, Surfing would bring proven excitement, value and fun to the Olympic Games", says Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association.

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, would have been a great opportunity to present surfing to the world. With the confirmation of another deception, surfing will only get another chance in 2024. That is in 13 years time.

"We recognize and appreciate the serious consideration the IOC has given us thus far. We can see tangible progress in our Olympic aspirations. We may have missed this big wave, but like any good surfer, we know there are more waves to come. We will therefore continue to develop the sport of surfing on a global level and explore the best way to continue to contribute to the Olympic Movement", adds Aguerre.

Kitesurfing, a new sport, is battling for an inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games and might have the chance to be part as a demo sport.