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Surfing and skateboarding shortlisted for Tokyo 2020

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announced the names of the eight IOC-recognised International Federations (IFs) that may get their sport showcased at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

“The most important factors were: Does the sport have the support of the younger generation and how big is the population of the sport worldwide?”, explained Fujio Mitarai, honorary president of the Organizing Committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“There was no objections. It was decided unanimously. One thing I can say is that they’re popular among young people. Many are engaged in them globally.”

The eight shortlisted IFs are:
1. World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC)
2. World Bowling (WB)
3. World Karate Federation (WKF)
4. International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS)
5. International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC)
6. World Squash Federation (WSF)
7. International Surfing Association (ISA)
8. International Wushu Federation (IWUF)

All eight governing bodies are invited to submit further details and participate in personal interviews to convince the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee of the relevance of their sports to the Olympic Movement.

The Japanese panel will make a decision on the event(s) to be proposed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in September 2015. The final decision will be made at the 129th IOC Session, in Rio de Janeiro, in August 2016.

Article source: http://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/11893-surfing-and-skateboarding-shortlisted-for-tokyo-2020