The International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted unanimously to include 5 new sports in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. Skateboarding, surfing and climbing are among five new sports confirmed. The decision made was based on factors including “the impact on gender equality, the youth appeal of the sports and the legacy value of adding them to the Tokyo Games,” the IOC said.
Before it voted, it screened a video that featured a series of skate clips and renderings of the contests themselves.
A few thoughts from the sports enthusiasts in India;
Play Arena, Bangalore ©Fil Jedra Szak
Its a great news for me as a skateboarder . A whole new platform to showcase skateboarders talents, which will be witnessed by the whole world . Its a new milestone for skaters who like to compete.
-Gautham D Kamath (Skateboarder with Team Escape & DC Shoes India, Bangalore)
© Poornabodh Photograph
I prefer skateboarding more as a lifestyle than the competitive side. But yea its always fun to have a healthy competition where you both try to perform your best. Its always fun. Now it's already decided we can't do anything. I hope the skateboarding scene gets the best out of it. Everything has its good and bad side. Like when X games started most skaters use to hate it coz they thought its ruining the underground skate scene and making it too commercialize. Then street league came people started hating it more. Now it's into Olympics. You can understand how big it will be. But yea as I said it always has a good side to it. Because I saw X games on tv. I started skateboarding. Because that was the only way I knew about skateboarding and same like me lots of other skaters would have also found out. It's not like in my town every kid has a skateboard. In-fact no one in the whole country had it at that point of time. But yea everything has its limits. If it becomes too commercialize then everyone might forget why they started skateboarding. Let not the real feeling die!
-Amit Subba (Skateboarder with Holystoked, Bangalore)
At Play Arena, Banaglore © Anisha Coelho
I think it's gonna be fucked up... The industry, people will want to make money. Monopoly from brand like Nike and all energy drinks company... So yes it will give the opportunity of access to high level standards, but to what cost?? Wear whatever tags they ask you to wear? That's not what skateboarding is suppose to be... We skate because it's apart from all this, at least it's my personal point of view. Promoting brands that has nothing to do with skateboarding in the first place and drink that are at the limit of being poisonous for your health... I don't know man, seems pretty fucked up to me. Look at Daewon Song, that guys skate for 28 years at a pro level, he can literally, crush everybody at whatever comp you put him in... He doesn't even bother to do them, he knows that he will kick their asses, but preferred focusing on his own videos, having fun and satisfying himself... Pure and simple. I guess that everybody as their own ways to be driven by. I just want the scene to stay pure, India is not America, and I'm not afraid for the scene future down here. But it's not because it's shiny that it has a value... what about anti drug test that you have to pass at the Olympics...? i mean i'm not the only one who smokes green right? you'll tell Danny Way or Evan Smith (if they smoke), that they can't skate cause they are THC positif?
-Jules Von Chacha (Skateboarder from France, lives in Bangalore)
Here's what the skate community across the world feels;
I'm already preparing for Tokyo: conducting drills, rehearsing routines, changing diets, and [most importantly] reversing the aging process.
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) August 3, 2016
Who's going to win that Gold in 2020?? pic.twitter.com/AOkzQ6RkSh