The International Olympic Committee’s executive board has agreed to support the inclusion of surfing as part of the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
The International Surfing Association said it was delighted at the decision, although the action was expected.
The decision, if approved by the Olympic committee membership in Rio de Janeiro will be an important boost to Costa Rica, which is involved heavily in surf competitions.
When the surfing association announced that Jacó would be the location for the World Surfing Games in August, the organization said that the Olympic committee action was likely.
“This is a wonderful moment for our sport and for the global surfing family,” said Fernando Aguerre, surfing association president from the organization’s headquarters in La Jolla, California. “Our relationship with the IOC and inclusion in the Olympic Games has been a strategic priority for the ISA for many years, and we are thrilled that we are now one step closer to realizing our Olympic dream. I’d like to express our sincere thanks to the IOC Executive Board for providing us with this amazing opportunity.
“We are immensely proud of our achievements and the core values that our sport represents. Surfing has incredible youth appeal and a unique culture that would offer huge value to the Olympic movement. We are aware that the hard work does not stop here. Today’s news gives us renewed energy and determination and we look forward to working with the IOC and Tokyo 2020 as we continue on the road to the IOC session in Rio.”