IDF and the Olympics: Official IDF Statement On Skateboarding In The Olympics
With all the Olympic talk going around, the International Downhill Federation [IDF] has put out a specific press release with regard to the announcement of Skateboarding’s inclusion in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Have a look at the release below and then be sure to read what some of the skaters we asked think about Skateboarding and the Olympics here or Max Dubler here. We’ll be following up with the IDF for more info.
On Aug 3 the 129th General Assembly of the IOC approved the inclusion of skateboarding in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This was the culmination of work that began more than 18 months ago, when the IOC first met with the all the International skateboard organizations:: FIRS (Roller Sports International Federation), WSF (World Skateboarding Federation) and ISF (International Skateboarding Federation).
This meeting brought together Kit Mc Connell, and Christophe Dubi, respectively Sports Director and Executive Director within the IOC, Tony Hawk, Gary Ream (ISF president), Sabatino Aracu (FIRS president), Roberto Marotta (FIRS General Secretary), Tim McFerran (WSF president) and myself, Cyrille Harnay AKA Komakino, (WSF Board Director and IDF president). At the request of the IOC we refrained from publicising our role in the Olympics negotiations.
Negotiations over the structure of the organization in charge of skateboarding at the Tokyo Games (street and park only) are ongoing. I cannot go into the details of these negotiations, but what is at stake, in the medium term, is the governance of our sport; will we have a skateboard federation recognized by the IOC?
Currently only FIRS is recognized by the IOC and Sport Accord. The big question for us is whether they will represent all skateboarding disciplines (street, park, vert, slalom, long distance, dancing, freestyle, and downhill). The ISF is interested only in street and park, and appear to have no interest in other disciplines. For this reason the IDF have chosen to be involved with the WSF as they are more inclusive.
The IDF has always believed that the addition of skateboarding to the Olympics would bring more benefits than disadvantages to downhill skateboarding. It will help organizers get permits for the closure of roads, help national federations create and enable the training of qualified teachers, facilitate access to public funds, help media coverage of the “small disciplines” which Downhill is part of, and broaden the range of potential sponsors.
Downhill skateboarding perfectly matches the expectations of Olympics spectators it’s spectacular, easy to understand, and is not based on the whims of judges. However we must remain realistic; there is still a long way to go before downhill is included in the Olympics, and it will probably take 8, or maybe 12 years to make it happen, and only if Tokyo 2020 is a success. To make it happen we must continue our work now; we’ve already met two of the four candidates for hosting the 2024 Olympics: Paris and Los Angeles. The road is long, but aren’t we road specialists?
More information on the IDF?
About The IDF – The International Downhill Federation (IDF) was formed in 2012 recognizing the need for fair, unbiased and democratic organisation of the sport of downhill skateboard and luge racing.
The IDF seeks to build an outstanding experience, to develop an enviable safety record for skateboard and luge racing, and to protect the integrity of the sport.
Purpose of the IDF – From Article of Association:
Its purpose is to organize and promote all downhill disciplines, namely, Skateboard, Streetluge and Classic Luge.
As such, its aims are to:
- Coordinate and supervise the activities of actors (such as associations, individuals, clubs) that organise events for the disciplines mentioned above.
- Establish and maintain useful relations with public authorities.
- Issue licenses, such as sanctioning licenses.
- Establish and disseminate the rules of the various disciplines.
- Provide training and development for relevant individuals and organizations.
- Defend the material and moral interests of the sport.
The Federation will focus on these issues, in accordance with the Code of Ethics established by the International Olympic Committee, excluding itself from of any other activity. In particular, it will not involve itself in political or religious issues.
In delivering the above the Federation aims to encourage open and universal access to the sport, encourage ongoing education and training, as well as participation in social and civic life.
You can download the IDF rules and regulations here.