Yesterday, the IOC Executive Board supported the recommendation of the Olympic Programme Commission to put forward Paris proposal for the inclusion of 4 sports: Skateboarding, Sport Climbing, Surf and "the new entry" Break Dancing. The IOC Session should confirm the inclusion in June but the final decision will be taken at the end of 2020.
Once again this is a great confirmation of the good job done by World Skate: Inline Speed Skating and Skateboarding have been both showcased at the SportsLab during the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing 2014; Inline Speed Skating was part of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018 and Skateboarding will make its debut in Tokyo 2020.
World Skate President Sabatino Aracu said: "We are excited about the news as it draws us nearest to the confirmation at Paris. Since the Agenda 2020 was released, we clearly understood that, finally, we had the opportunity to show our potential. Here we are: youthful, urban, gender-balanced and spectacular!"
IOC President Thomas Bach said: “All four of these proposed sports are clearly in line with Olympic Agenda 2020. They contribute to making the programme of the Olympic Games more gender balanced, more youthful and more urban. They offer the opportunity to connect with the young generation”
Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet said: “When considering new sports for our proposal, we were guided by three principles – sustainability, sports that speak to youth and those that reflect Paris 2024’s identity. We wanted to choose popular sports that are inclusive, accessible, and promote creativity while best complimenting the existing sports programme. We believe these four sports are an opportunity to bring new audiences to the Olympic Games.”