Aiming to make surfing an Olympic sport, business and industry leaders met yesterday in Brasilia with the Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, to discuss the campaign “Surf 2016”.
The group’s intention is that surfing earns presentation status and becomes the official candidate to enter the program of the Olympic Games.
As a result of the meeting, the minister said he will send a formal request to the president of the International Olympic Committee and to the president of Brazilian Olympic Committee for the inclusion to be evaluated.
The hope now is that the IOC will approve a presentation event of the sport in the 2016 Olympics, to be held in Rio.
During the meeting the Minister was presented with a surfboard and was invited to get to know the sport closely, which is practiced by more than 35 million people in over 100 countries and moves approximately R$ 9 billion only in Brazil.