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ISA International Surfing Association

Status of Surfing being included as an Olympic sport. :wub:

http://www.isasurf.org/OlympicSurfing.php

It's going to be a long, uphill battle to get surfing to the Olympics, not helped by the fact that there's probably only a small percentage of likely host cities who could even ever offer it.

And it's certainly not going to happen for 2016.

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Still no chance for surfing unless bid cities choose to bulid a artificial wave stadium.

Although New Zealand has some good surf spots so New Zealand could host a surfing event if we were to host the games

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Surfing in the Olympics would cut the short list of candidate cities down a lot. Would there ever be a Games in Europe again?

France and Spain could certainly organize the surfing events in the Gulf of Biscay: Les Landes, Biarritz, Zarautz, Mundaka, etc. Spain could also do it in Tarifa, in the strait of Gibraltar. There must be some other places in Europe.

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France and Spain could certainly organize the surfing events in the Gulf of Biscay: Les Landes, Biarritz, Zarautz, Mundaka, etc. Spain could also do it in Tarifa, in the strait of Gibraltar. There must be some other places in Europe.

I think there's pratice of surfing in Cornwall, UK... Rob? Oakydoky?

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Cornwall is the best place in the UK and my brother goes down there quite a lot to surf. Whether the waves compare favourably to other places in Europe, I don't know. The West Coast of Ireland is the best place in the British Isles I think.

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Surfing in the Olympics would cut the short list of candidate cities down a lot. Would there ever be a Games in Europe again?

Newquay in the UK is a good surf spot. Also the whole Atlantic coast is great for surfing - if you can brace the cold!

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This from www.stuff.co.nz regarding new sports to be included in the olympics:

All Blacks great Jonah Lomu is adding his weight to rugby's push for inclusion in the Olympics, being enlisted to help with the final push at a crucial meeting in Denmark this week.

Golf and rugby sevens are eyeing the pot of gold at the end of the Olympic rainbow, hoping the International Olympic Committee will admit them to the Games.

They have won the nominations to be included on the 2016 Olympics programme in Rio de Janeiro but must be ratified by the 106 IOC delegates meeting in Copenhagen with a decision due on Saturday (NZ time).

Lomu has been enlisted by the IRB to help push their cause. He will be presenting to the full IOC assembly at a podium on stage with three cameras around the auditorium and three massive screens set up at the back of the stage.

Lomu made his name in sevens, winning Commonwealth Games and World Cup title. His success in the abbreviated game launched an All Blacks career that made him arguably the sport's biggest name with standout try-scoring efforts at the 1995 and 1999 World Cups.

He is due to make another comeback to rugby in the lower ranks of the French club scene as he bravely fights back from a kidney transplant.

He will join IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset and Cheryl Soon, captain of Australia's world champion women's sevens team, as part of the rugby party that will urge the IOC assembly to rubber stamp their admittance to sport's biggest stage.

Since arriving in Copenhagen, the IRB delegation have been interacting with local children, including those who play with the rugby club Speed, the oldest rugby club in Denmark after being founded in 1949.

The two candidate sports could return after more than 80 years, with the Olympic status guaranteeing them a solid future and millions of dollars in improved TV deals, sponsorship and state funding.

The IOC session, meeting in the Danish capital, will put each of them to a separate vote, with a simple majority enough to see them included in the 2016 Games.

"It will give both sports a shot in the arm," Giles Morgan, HSBC Group Head of Sponsorship, told Reuters on Tuesday.

The IOC wants to renew its sports programme to attract a younger generation as it revises its broadcasting plans to include new digital media.

Both sports are guaranteed expansion with funding from the IOC, increased broadcast rights deals and in some countries, automatic national funding as an Olympic sport if they are voted in.

"So you will see more interest, more television, and then more sponsors because sponsors follow where the people go," Morgan said. HSBC is a major sponsor of both sports.

Ad Feedback Morgan estimated rugby sevens' potential Olympic entry could easily help double its current sponsorship money of about US$15-20 million.

"And that is a conservative estimate," he said.

Golf, eyeing a return for the first time since 1904, and rugby, which last featured in 1924, were shortlisted by the IOC's executive board in August. They now need the session's approval.

The other five, squash, softball, baseball, roller sports and karate, failed to make the cut.

"Golf and rugby have their fan base and they are ready to go, and the sponsors will be a catalyst for growth," Morgan said.

Rugby sevens, with only seven players per team instead of 15 and short 15-minute matches, was well received, needing two rounds of voting to clear the executive board 14-member election.

Golf, seen by some as too elitist and with only a limited appeal among younger audiences, had to battle it out for four rounds with karate.

IOC President Jacques Rogge has brushed aside golf's age concerns, saying several younger players were coming up the ranks, increasing its appeal among younger people.

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Really really wish golf was pushing a team format. The tournament as proposed is just another singles tournament. If you want to make it different, and special, for Olympic play teams would make everything much more interesting. And the Olympics are the perfect setting for national teams! I don't get it all. (Watching the Solheim Cup recently has turned me into a big fan of team golf.)

Any chance any sports get booted out? Taekwondo, which I've tried to watch in the past three games, is deeply compromised as a competition.

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October 9

Friday morning during the session (9:00-13:00 local time in Copenhagen).

No idea if the sports' presentation and vote will be broadcast on internet !

At 13:00 will start a press conference where Rogge will probably announce the result.

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Any chance any sports get booted out? Taekwondo, which I've tried to watch in the past three games, is deeply compromised as a competition.

Yes. They also vote on each of the current sports slated for 2016 to see if they'll be back in 2020. Not sure how that voting will work, if its 26 separate ballots or what. Also haven't heard if any sports are under threat. Who knows ... could be a surprise still on the way.

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