Surfing to head to the ocean should it find Olympic favour, says IOC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed that surfing will be staged on the ocean waves at the 2020 Olympics, should it be approved as an additional sport for Tokyo’s Games.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee last month proposed baseball/softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing as additional sports for its staging of the Olympic Games. Men’s baseball and women’s softball are proposed, along with the kata and kumite forms of karate, street and park skateboarding; the bouldering, lead and speed combined disciplines of sports climbing and shortboard surfing.

However, the issue of whether surfing would be held in the ocean or utilise a ‘surf park’ facility creating artificial waves had yet to be clarified. A spokesperson for the IOC told SportBusiness International: “The proposal received from Tokyo 2020 is for surfing to be held on natural waves.

“The proposal will now be reviewed by the IOC Programme Commission that will then make a recommendation to the IOC Executive Board. The IOC Executive Board will then review the recommendation and make a final proposal to be presented at the IOC Session in Rio in (August) 2016 when the final decision will be made.”

Tokyo 2020 has become the first ever organising committee to be given the opportunity to contribute to the design of the Olympic Programme, through the IOC’s Agenda 2020 reform package.