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ASB MAGAZINE: The International Surfing Association (ISA) confirmed that decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)  to approve the inclusion of Surfing on the Sports Programme for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, after a vote by its membership during the 134th IOC Session in Lausanne. Final ratification will be made by the IOC Executive Board, after the sport makes its much-anticipated landmark debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Today’s announcement moves Surfing even closer to long-term Olympic inclusion and also ensures that no further sports can be put forward for inclusion on the sports programme of the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

Surfing was first added to the Olympic Sports Programme for Tokyo 2020 at the 129th IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Now, following today’s news, the ISA is looking ahead to Paris 2024 to create a pathway to permanent inclusion in the Programme in Los Angeles 2028 and beyond.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

“This is another amazing day for Olympic Surfing, as we move one step closer to Paris 2024 and long-term Olympic inclusion. I want to personally thank both the IOC Membership and the Paris 2024 Organising Committee for believing in our sport and for recognizing the value it brings. We are humbled and honoured by the confidence placed in us.

“Surfing is a sport for the new era of the Games, a sport that is truly ‘Made For Sharing’ in line with Paris 2024 values. Surfing combines high-performance action with a connection to the environment, sustainability and self-improvement. Surfing aligns perfectly with Paris 2024 and the Olympic values and we’re proud to have the chance to continue our journey with the IOC.

“In Tokyo, we have the opportunity to show Surfing’s unique youthful personality and socially-engaged athletes to the world and cement our position within the Movement. Our Olympic Surfing Festival promises to be a truly innovative element to the programme, showcasing our sport’s vibrant culture. I am positive that, together with our partners in Tokyo, we can bring a new dynamic youth appeal and leave a lasting legacy for Japan, the Games and our sport.

“France, meanwhile, has an incredibly rich Surfing tradition and has hosted some of the most important events in the ISA calendar. Together with the French Surfing Federation and the Paris 2024 Organisers, I’m certain we can put together an event that inspires the nation and continues to celebrate our sport’s unique value and culture on a global stage.

“On behalf of the entire Surfing community, I would like to thank all involved in today’s decision.”

Commenting more widely on the provisional admission of surfing, skateboarding, sport (rock) climbing and break (dancing) Paris 2024 organisers said;

“I am delighted with the IOC Session’s vote in favour of our proposal to include breaking, sport climbing, skateboarding and surfing on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games programme,” said Paris 2024 President Tony Estanguet.

“Our aim from the outset has been to highlight what has been the strength of the Games for 32 Olympiads now – the diversity of the sports and the excitement that comes with performance – while also taking the opportunity afforded by the IOC to enhance the programme and offer a new dimension.”

Paris 2024 has announced a public tender process for the selection of the host venue for surfing. The process will be conducted in coordination with the ISA and the French Surfing Federation. It will begin immediately with expressions of interest.  It will include a technical evaluation and site visits in the months of July and August, with the aim of announcing the host venue in December 2019.