28 Feb Cable Wakeboarding Stays On Track Following Bid To Be Part Of 2024 Paris Olympic Games
Yesterday, the Paris Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) announced that cable wakeboarding has failed to earn a place on the preliminary list of additional sports for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games .
Of the nineteen sports that made presentations to OCOG, those who have now made the short list include sports that will be part of the Tokyo Games in 2020. These include surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing. Break Dancing was also added to the list by OCOG.
A final decision on which sports will actually make it into the 2024 Paris Olympic Games will only be made by the IOC selection committee in December 2020.
So nothing is lost yet for the cable wakeboard which can still prove its worth for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 !
“Our master plan to bring cable wakeboarding to participants of all ages and athletic abilities in urban settings is still on track,” said Patrice Martin, President of the French Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (FFSNW). Regardless of our status in the Olympics at this time we are still going ahead with plans to build a new cable wakeboard park in Paris and have it operational by 2020. This new venue will play host to recreational riders and some major competitions in the future. “
2014 IWWF World Cable Wakeboard Champion Sanne Meijer from the Netherlands was disappointed to hear that her sport was not immediately proposed for inclusion in the 2024 Summer Olympic Games but says. “ It takes lots of hard work to achieve any goal in life so we will just continue to make this sport bigger, better and more accessible to all and someday we will hopefully be part of the Olympic Games.“
Cable wakeboarding will be part of the South East Asian Games this November in the Philippines and also the Asian Beach Games in China next December.