From Around the Rings:The president of the surfing federation says a number of the hurdles to his sport’s inclusion in the Olympic program have been felled in the last few years.
International Surfing Association president Fernando Aguerre has a passion for the sport he has led since 1994, saying he surfs every morning outside his southern California home “before I brush my teeth.”
He believes his sport is as close to an Olympic berth as it has ever been and said attending the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing was about convincing IOC members of the feasibility of adding surfing to the Olympic program.
“A lot of the IOC members, I need to bring it to them to show them what it is that we can do and what we can do for the Olympic Movement,” said Aguerre, the co-founder of sandal maker Reef.
“Just like snowboard brought a complete new demographic and dynamic to the Winter Games, I’m very confident that surfing could do the same for the Summer Games. We are one of those ultimate youth sports.”
Technology has brought the dream closer to reality as advances in artificial wave machine technology have made the sport more accessible.
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With the Sochi Olympics behind them, IOC leaders are gathering in Turkey this week amid growing alarm over Brazil’s troubled preparations for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Six weeks after the close of the Winter Games in Russia, the International Olympic Committee executive board meets in the Mediterranean resort of Belek to review a wide range of issues - none more urgent than the chronic construction delays that are putting some of Rio’s venue plans at risk.
IOC President Thomas Bach convenes his policy-making board Wednesday for a two-day meeting during SportAccord, an annual global sports industry convention. Also meeting in Belek is the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, whose leaders are deeply concerned about the construction holdups in Rio.
Bach has said repeatedly that Rio “doesn’t have a day to lose” to get ready for South America’s first Olympics, mindful of the continuing delays for this year’s World Cup in Brazil.
- Posted:5 months ago
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