Surfing at the Summer Olympics
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Surfing made its debut appearance at the 2020 Summer Olympics in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. It has also been approved by the IOC for inclusion at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.[1]

Bid for inclusion

In September 2015, surfing was included in a shortlist along with baseball, softball, karate, skateboarding, and sport climbing to be considered for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics.[2] In June 2016, the executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that they would support the proposal to include all of the shortlisted sports in the 2020 Games.[3] Finally, on August 3, 2016, all five sports (counting baseball and softball together as one sport) were approved for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic program.[1]

One of the biggest obstacles for surfing to be included in the Olympics for many years was in the event of a landlocked country hosting the games which would make surfing difficult to take place, and another one was that drowning is one of the big risks in surfing, and the IOC was less likely to take high liabilities in the event of a death.[4]

Events

2020

Main article: Surfing at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's shortboard
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Ítalo Ferreira
 Brazil
Kanoa Igarashi
 Japan
Owen Wright
 Australia
Women's shortboard
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Carissa Moore
 United States
Bianca Buitendag
 South Africa
Amuro Tsuzuki
 Japan

Medal table

Sources:[5]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Brazil (BRA)1001
 United States (USA)1001
3 Japan (JPN)0112
4 South Africa (RSA)0101
5 Australia (AUS)0011
Totals (5 entries)2226

References

  1. ^ a b "IOC approves five new sports for Olympic Games Tokyo 2020". Olympics.org. International Olympic Committee. August 3, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  2. ^ Mondy, Ben (2015-09-28). "Surfing and skateboarding make shortlist for 2020 Olympics". GrindTV.com. Archived from the original on 11 October 2015. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  3. ^ "IOC Executive Board supports Tokyo 2020 package of new sports for IOC Session - Olympic News". Olympic.org. 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2016-08-08.
  4. ^ Pablo Zanocchi (3 August 2016). "It's Official: Surfing Will Be in the Olympics". Surfline.com. Archived from the original on 5 January 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Olympic Analytics - Medals by Countries". olympanalyt.com. Retrieved 2022-01-31.