"!t is currently unlikely that currently any British surfer will win a medal in Tokyo 2020!"
Just days ago, and with little fanfare, the International Olympic Committee released how you, me and Kolohe Andino make it to Tokyo for the 202o Olympiad. Surfing is featured for the very first time and which nation do you think will win gold?
Australia, coached by Bede Durbidge, has fielded the world’s best team from five years ago.
Japan has snagged current world number nine Kanoa Igarashi. Very much a threat in 1 ft waves/Surf Ranch.
Germany may go with Marlon Lipke.
The United States is yet to make any announcements but rest assured that Brett Simpson will be involved.
Great Britain, which includes Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, has already completely given up.
Let’s read a snippet from their official press release!
…all surfers will be required to make themselves available to be part of Surfing Team GB for the 2019 and 2020 World Surfing Games, and if selected will be required to participate. Failure to meet this requirement will render the surfer ineligible for the Olympic Games. Information on the selection process for Team GB will be released in
We have made submissions of funding requests and submission of all relevant data to UK Sport. On extensive analysis, UK Sport believe it is currently unlikely that currently any British surfer will win a medal in Tokyo 2020. UK Sport investment is wholly focused on medal winning performances to inspire our nation.
It is also yet to be confirmed if surfing will be in the 2024 and 2028 Olympics which also makes attracting investment into surfing a challenge. We will continue to collectively work to source performance funding.
Does the phrase “UK Sport believe it is currently unlikely that currently any British surfer will win a medal in Tokyo 2020” inspire lots of confidence? Do you think it is maybe a ruse?
Chazz Michael Michaels? Are you there? What do you think?
Rip Current Rory? You in?