In a unanimous decision, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted favorably on the inclusion of surfing, skateboarding, climbing, karate and baseball/softball in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Minutes after the announcement, the surfing community rejoiced and expressed their joy at the historic decision. Duke Kahanamoku’s dream will become a reality soon. Surfers will battle for gold, silver, and bronze medals in the waves of Chiba, near Tokyo.
“I think it is great the Olympics has recognized surfing because it is such a global sport these days and for the people lucky enough to be competing it will be very prestigious, so I am extremely happy. In four years time I don’t think I will be at the top of my game so I would be honored to be a coach or mentor,” expressed Mick Fanning.