Wakeboarding under Olympic consideration

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The International Olympic Committee recently added wakeboarding to the short list of sports to be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics, the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation announced.

With a limit of 28 sports in the games, the final decision on new sports will be made in 2013 at the IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“Wakeboard 2020 Vision will now complete the enormous preparation task ahead. All involved fully appreciate the need to satisfy the stringent requirements of the IOC program,” the federation said in a statement. “Following over 50 years of continuous development, the IWWF now believes that the time is right for wakeboard to take this final step of recognition.

“Just as snowboard brought such a successful addition to the Winter Olympics, Wakeboard certainly has the potential to add a totally new youth-focused lifestyle sport to the summer games in 2020,” the IWWF said.

Within days of the IOC announcement, a poll was launched by SportsPro Media to assess the immediate level of support for each of the eight sports on the 2020 IOC possibilities list. Only softball and wakeboarding had a significant following, according to the IWWF.