Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wheels Fall off 2012 Skateboarding Event

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Wheels Fall off 2012 Skateboarding Event

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Byline: MATTHEW BEARD

ATTEMPTS to introduce skateboarding to the London Olympics have failed,it emerged today.

The International Olympic Committee had been keen to boost the youth appeal ofthe 2012 Games by giving the sport its debut in London.

But plans for the International Cycling Federation to adopt skateboarding as a"wheel-based" sport have faltered.

The proposals did not even make the organisation's agenda at its recent annualcongress in Germany.

It canvassed opinion among its federations around the world, but they failed togive their unanimous backing and without the endorsement of a current Olympicsport, skateboarding's chances were dead although it may feature as an"exhibition" event.

The federation remains in talks with the IOC about introducing an additionalform of BMX for London.

The cycling sport will make its debut at next year's Beijing games but, by2012, a "freestyle" discipline could be added.

Skateboarders have been divided over the idea of taking part in the Olympics. …

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