A hot topic at the ongoing 2016 INS ISA World Surfing Games at Playa Jaco, Costa Rica, is the game’s recent induction into the Olympic Games.
(Soundbite) CARLOS MUNOZ, Costa Rican Surfer
“Well, now surfing has been approved as an Olympic sport. I think it will greatly improve the chances for surfers. They will have more opportunity to grow and dream of having an Olympic medal in representing their country.”
On August 3, the International Olympic Committee voted to include surfing in the sports program of the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan.
(Caption: Surfing included in Tokyo Games in 2020)
(Soundbite) ANTHONY FILLINGIN, Costa Rican Surfer
“On my part, I am super happy that surfing has been included in the Olympics. It shows that it is a sport that has been growing day by day. Therefore, (if we do) better that better, Costa Rica will have the opportunity to be represented at the Olympic Games.”
Enthusiasm heated up among the contestants, as they could foresee a better future on the world’s biggest sporting stage.
(Soundbite) FRANCISCO BELLORIN, Venezuelan Surfer
“I am very happy for this initiative that the surf will be in the Olympics. There are brands that are going to be more interested in surfing. Thank God, there is more support and there has to be more support for athletes.”
The World Surfing Games in Costa Rica has been the first international surfing event held after the Olympic decision, which will go on from August 6 to 14.