22nd February 2019
Despite growing global popularity and a significant promotional push by the IWWF over the last year cable wakeboarding has not secured a spot on the preliminary list of additional sports for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The announcement was made yesterday by the Paris Olympics Organising Committee (OCOG).
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.
“Our plan to grow this exciting and youthful sport will not stop,” said IWWF President Jose Antonio Perez Priego. “Our sport now has more than 1,000 cable wakeboard parks around the world and our competitions are highly appealing to athletes, spectators, TV audiences, and potential sponsors.”
“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.
The 10th IWWF World Cable Wakeboard Championships is currently taking place this week at Pampa Wake Park near Buenos Aires Argentina, with 180 competitors from 28 countries. The Open Men’s and Open Women’s Final will be live streamed on Saturday 23rd February from 11:00 am (Argentina time).
About the IWWF: The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) is the world governing body for towed watersports and has over 95 affiliated Federations worldwide. It was founded in 1946 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the sole authority for towed watersports. The IWWF is an affiliate member of the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federation (ARISF) and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). The IWWF’s sports disciplines include, amongst others, Tournament Waterskiing (slalom, tricks & jump), Wakeboard, Cable Wakeboard, Cable Waterskiing, Disabled Waterskiing, Show Skiing, Ski Racing, Barefoot Waterskiing
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