Surfing could be heading to the Tokyo Olympics after they were included on a shortlist of five extra sports to be added to the games.
Skateboarding, baseball/softball, karate and sports climbing could also be included while once again squash has been snubbed by organisers.
The five new sports would increase the competition by 18 events and 474 athletes although the final decision will be taken by the International Olympic Committee.
Fernando Aguerre, the International Surfing Association president, said:
Tokyo 2020’s announcement today is an extraordinary moment for our sport and for the global Surfing Community
“Tokyo 2020’s announcement today is an extraordinary moment for our sport and for the global Surfing Community. The ISA has been riding an amazing wave in this journey for Olympic inclusion and we are thrilled that Tokyo 2020 recognise the exceptional value and youthful lifestyle that surfing can bring to the 2020 Games.”
The PSA (Professional Squash Association) remain hopeful of a reprieve after professional wrestling was reinstated taking their potential spot.
“To know that dream is once again out of reach is naturally a difficult proposition for the sport. But I feel we can take a lot of positives from the huge ground we have made as a sport over the last decade.” PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough said
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