Cable Wakeboarding is being considered by the International Olympic Committee for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games. This story has been covered in the mainstream media recently (including the BBC and Daily Mail) so we thought we would follow it up.
In times gone by the Olympics included Tug o’ war, Rope Climbing and Live Pigeon Shooting
Over time, the list of Olympic sports changes. Women’s Boxing was added at London 2012. In 2016, when the games are held in Rio de Janeiro, Golf and Rugby sevens will be added. In times gone by the Olympics included Tug o’ war, Rope Climbing and Live Pigeon Shooting, although these have all since been removed.
Sports are added and removed by the Olympic Committee, who are working closely with the World Wakeboard Association about introducing wakeboarding. They consider a wide range of factors including popularity and entertainment. Cable Wakeboarding is an ideal candidate because it’s popularity is growing at a phenomenal rate. It is also hugely entertaining to watch, being visually impressive with aerial tricks and use of obstacles, much like to snowboarding which was introduced in Nagano in 1998.
Originally there were 12 sports being considered for inclusion at the 2020 Olympic Games. This list has since been whittled down to 7, so there is a genuine possibility that wakeboarding might become an Olympic sport and we are very excited about this. The UK has a lot of home-grown talent, particularly in younger age categories, so there is a strong chance that Team GB could come away with some medals if wakeboarding were introduced.
We don’t offer Cable Wakeboarding at DWWC, we only use boats, but we are 100% behind promoting it. Many of our members are big fans of cable wakeboarding and enjoy this past time in conjunction with what we offer.
We are keeping our fingers crossed that cable wakeboarding makes the grade. The Olympics is the ultimate platform for promoting any sport, encouraging people to try things like wakeboarding which are healthy and fun. There are 3 cities in the running to host the 2020 Olympics - Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid – the winner of which will be confirmed on 7th September this year.
If cable wakeboarding was there we would be delighted.