Crossfire have posted a really rad and well written article properly covering the pros and cons of Skateboarding in the Tokyo 2020 olympics…
Make sure you read the full article by clicking either links above or below the snippet. A must read!
“Firstly, the Olympics will raise skateboarding’s profile with governments, charities and corporate sponsors, resulting in increased funding and better facilities.
Secondly, competing in the Olympics will lead to parity of esteem for professional skateboarding against both more established ‘action’ and mainstream sports, resulting in better sponsorship deals, wider exposure, and, consequently, increased grassroots participation as a generation of little kids get new heroes.
Thirdly, as Lucy Adams said in her recent Sidewalk interview, if organised skateboarding wants to be in the Olympics, it has to treat female skaters better. This helped force Street League’s hand: “Street League needed women because that’s the ISF’s perspective of how a sport is going to join the Olympics… They needed us more than we needed them – no women, no Olympics.” The IOC have confirmed that the five new sports considered for inclusion in 2020 will have “equal numbers of teams for men and women.”
Words by Chris Lawton // illustrations by George Yarnton
FULL ARTICLE: http://www.caughtinthecrossfire.com/skate/skateboarding-at-the-2020-olympics