Will skateboarding finally come to the 2020 Summer Games?
According to ESPN.com, International Olympic Committee sport director Christophe Dubi announced in February that the IOC is aiming to officially recognize the International Skateboard Federation (ISF) in 2014, which will be the a major step toward bringing the sport to the Olympics.
This week, the legendary Tony Hawk increased attention on the topic when he told Larry King he has been involved in recent talks with the IOC and that skateboarding is “very likely to be in the 2020 Games.” But, being 52 in 2020, he said it’d be unlikely that he’ll compete, and instead, wants to pass the torch to the younger generation. He also added that “they need skateboarding more than we need them.”
“The interest is certainly there and has been heightened after the high-profile debut of the snowboard slopestyle and freeskiing events in Sochi,” Gary Ream, co-founder of the ISF, told XGames.com.
Ream and the ISF first began conversations with Dubi and the IOC about skateboarding’s potential Olympic future in 2006, as new sports were being considered for debut at the Rio 2016 Summer Games and beyond. So far, the 2020 Games doesn’t include skateboarding… and is currently only a discussion.
“Key decisions are expected to be made by the end of 2014,” said IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau.
ESPN also reports that BMX freestyle events are also being considered for future Olympics. It’s events would likely come in under the control of UCI, as BMX Racing did when it debuted at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games.