Wakeboarding makes a pitch for 2020 Olympics


The International Olympic Committee is considering adding wakeboarding to the Olympic Games and the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation will make its final pitch for adding the sport this month.

The federation launched a major supporting campaign some time ago under the heading of Wakeboard 2020 Vision to bring wakeboarding to the Games.

Ever since the IOC announced a short list of new sports to be considered for the 2020 Games, speculation about the outcome has been a major discussion point. The very recent exclusion of wrestling has also been controversial and adds to the enormous publicity surrounding these Olympic developments.

Wakeboarding is one of the selected sports for the 2020 Games. As a youth-focused lifestyle board sport, the IWWF maintains that it would add a totally new dimension to the Olympics. Board sports are thriving in all forms, with snowboarding achieving enormous success in the past Winter Games. The IWWF will make a final presentation to the IOC’s executive board in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the end of this month. The IOC will make its final selection in September.

A new dimension has been added to the current worldwide boom in cable wakeboard installations. The latest development is that the Olympic rowing lakes in China’s Olympic Beijing Shunyi Lake and Spain’s Barcelona Olympic Rowing Lake have now decided to feature wakeboarding as a special attraction to benefit from the worldwide boom.

Using existing facilities makes the development a very cost-effective one. It is also an environmentally friendly addition. With the new wakeboard cable facilities that also opened recently in such countries as Egypt, Ireland, Australia, the United States and New Zealand, the Wakeboard 2020 Vision program of the IWWF appears to be gathering momentum.

Wakeboarding, also featured at the 37th IWWF World Cup Stop in Palembang, Indonesia, two weeks ago, will appear June 8-10 at Beijing’s Olympic Lake; July 25-Aug. 4 in the World Games in Cali, Colombia; and Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at the Wakeboard World Championships in Busan, South Korea.


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