LA28 today announced its full support for the International Olympic Committee Executive Board’s proposal to feature surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing at the LA28 Olympic Games. The LA28 Initial Sports Program will go before the IOC Session in February 2022.
“These quintessential West Coast sports share a youthful energy and creative vibe and will be perfect for the LA28 Olympics,” said LA28 Chairperson Casey Wasserman. “We are eager to have the LA28 sport program include some of the most iconic LA sports and welcome the IOC Executive Board’s proposal. These sports will bring fresh excitement and relevance to the Olympic Games in America and connect the Olympics with younger fans across Los Angeles and around the world.”
After extensive analysis, LA28 provided full support to the Olympic Programme Commission’s recommendation to include surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing in its initial sport proposal to the IOC Executive Board. LA28 may propose additional sports in 2023.
“As we look at additional sport recommendations, we will continue to focus on sports that are relevant to Los Angeles, provide an incredible fan experience and contribute to the success of the Games,” said Wasserman. “We want to build on tradition, while progressing the Olympic Games forward.”
The LA28 initial sports program proposal includes aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, canoe, cycling, equestrian, fencing, golf, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, skateboarding, soccer, sport climbing, surfing, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, triathlon, volleyball and wrestling.
LA28 will continue to work with the IOC to review sport disciplines in consultation with International Federations. The IOC also outlined a pathway for boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon to be potentially included in the LA28 sports program at the IOC session in 2023.