ISF announces Skateboarding in Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Games
8, August 2016
The ISF has reacted positively to today’s announcement that skateboarding may feature as an additional sport on the official program of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The news came from the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee which published a shortlist of five additional sports to be proposed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for inclusion in the 2020 Games. Skateboarding is listed alongside baseball / softball, karate, sports climbing and surfing and featured with women’s and men’s events in Street and Park. The total envisaged number of participating skateboarding athletes is 80 with an equal gender split.
Commenting on the announcement, ISF President Gary Ream said:
“Today’s announcement by Tokyo 2020 marks an important milestone in skateboarding’s short Olympic history which started with a first Olympic experience at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in summer 2014. This decision recognizes the growth and popularity of skateboarding, and we appreciate that the IOC has made it possible for new sports to be added to the Games. The ISF and the skateboarding community are ready, equipped and well positioned to help make the first Olympic appearance of skateboarding an amazing one for skaters and fans alike.”
Read the Full article on ISF’s website here: http://www.internationalskateboardingfederation.com/news/87-isf-optimistic-about-skateboarding-s-chance-to-make-it-on-the-2020-olympic-program