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October 22,2017 14:30

If you watch the Olympics, you might see a few new competitions coming your way.and more »


(Meredith) – If you watch the Olympics, you might see a few new competitions coming your way.
The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) recently approved “observer status” (the first step toward joining the Olympics as official sports) to:
World Armwrestling Federation (WAF)
World Dodgeball Association (WDA)
Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG)
International Union of Kettlebell Lifting (IUKL)
International Federation of (Match)Poker (IFP)
International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF)
International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF)
In other words, poker, foosball, and pole dancing might become new Olympic sports.
“We warmly welcome our first Observers. This is an exciting time for them and for us and we will do everything within our remit to help them realize their full potential as International Federations within the global sport’s family,” said Patrick Baumann, president of GAISF, in a statement. “And, one day, maybe become part of the Olympic program. The new sports debuting at Tokyo 2020 and at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics are evidence that the pathway is there.”
Sports that will be debuting in Tokyo in 2020 are:
Softball
Karate
Surfing
Skateboarding
Sport Climbing
Baseball
The reason is to “reflect the changing interest in younger athletes and the worldwide popularity of these sports,” Fox News reported.
The new sports are still under the guidelines of the GAISF under “observer status.” This means the sports will be growing their base while also being guided by the federation until they gain the recognition from the National Olympic Committees.
"GAISF supports a diverse and evolving sports ecosystem and the newly created Observer Status is central to this. Sport is constantly evolving, mirroring the world we live in and the Observer Status provides the opening many IFs representing new sports require to enable them to gain legitimacy and flourish," said Antonio Espinos, chairman of the GAISF’s Membership Commission, in a statement. "The Commission’s role is to support all those who qualify and have the potential to raise their sport to the next level and join all other GAISF members."
They also have to be compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s regulations and rules.
So what’s next? Each of the sports needs to be practiced by men in 75 countries on four continents and women in 40 countries on three continents. This is another requirement each of these new sports has to meet before being fully considered for the Olympics.

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