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Surfing hopes for an Olympic place
25 Apr 2015 10:10
Surfing, buoyed by the International Olympic Committee's Agenda 2020 reforms, is targeting a spot at the Tokyo Olympics in five years time.
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The new reforms, approved in December, are aimed at making the Olympics more attractive, cheaper to host and allow for a more adaptable sports programme to permit quicker changes to maintain relevance with younger audiences.
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That was music to the ears of International Surfing Association (ISA) president Fernando Aguerre, with the Argentinian long pushing for its inclusion during his eight terms as head of the body.
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"I am sure it will be one of the first Olympic venues to sell out of tickets," he was quoted as saying by Kyodo News on Saturday.
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"Today you go to any beach around the world and people are dressed like surfers, wearing surf brands, and they all want to surf.
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"Surfing is a young sport, it's practiced by people of all ages, but it's also a sport that has captivated the hearts and minds of young people around the world."
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