NSW Premier Mike Baird, Surfing NSW and some of the state’s best young surfers last week celebrated the inclusion of surfing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Meeting on the eve of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) General Assembly approved the inclusion of surfing on the Tokyo sporting program.
Premier Baird, who is a surfer, welcomed the announcement.
“My love of the ocean and surfing is well known and I’m absolutely thrilled to hear the sport has finally been included in the Olympic line up,” he said.
“Australians love the surf and I expect the world will be seeing many of our best competing at Tokyo in 2020.”
The International Surfing Association’s president, Fernando Aguerre, welcomed the move, too.
“After decades of hard work and dedication we are absolutely thrilled that surfing will officially join the Olympic sports program at Tokyo 2020,” he said.
“Our Olympic dream has now become a reality and on behalf of the entire surfing family I would like to express our sincere thanks to the IOC and Tokyo 2020 for their pioneering vision in making this historic decision possible.
Meanwhile, Yamba surfer Jeames Young (far right) is representing Australia at the International Surfing Association’s World Surfing Games in Costa Rica; August 6-14.
He posted this picture on his Facebook page prior to the opening ceremony.
“So stoked and proud to be representing Australia over the next eight days,” he wrote. “I had a heat win this morning in the first round, good luck to the rest of the team surfing today, the comp will be live streamed all week on the ISA website”: http://isaworlds.com/wsg/2016/en/