How to watch surfing at the 2020 Summer Olympics

CNET | 8/21/2019 | Amanda Capritto
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Surfing will make its Olympic debut at the 2020 Games in Japan. Athletes will surf at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba, Japan.

100 years ago, Duke Kahanamoku dreamt of surfing in the Olympic Games. He was a five-time Olympic medalist for swimming, but in between Olympic competitions and after his retirement, Kahanamoku, a Native Hawaiian and the "father of modern surfing," traveled internationally to popularize the sport of surfing. Back in the early 1900s, it was known only to Hawaii, which had yet to become a US state.

Kahanamoku - International - Olympic - Committee - IOC

Kahanamoku would be proud to know that in 2016, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously decided to include surfing in the Olympic Games for the first time. Surfing will debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. Keep reading for everything you need to know about the new Olympic sport.

How do athletes qualify to surf at the 2020 Olympics?

Athletes - Olympic - Charter - Document - Rules

Firstly, athletes must comply with the current Olympic Charter, the document that sets forth rules and guidelines for Olympic athletes and the Olympic Games.

It's a hefty 103-page file that includes rules such as the "citizenship requirement rule" (Rule 41) that states athletes must be a "national" of the country they represent in competition. And, of course, Rule 43, which details the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions.

Total - Surfers - Men - Women - Olympics

A total of 40 surfers (20 men and 20 women) will qualify for surfing at the 2020 Olympics. A maximum of four surfers (2 men and 2 women) can compete from each country's National Olympic Committee -- the governing body in each country that regulates athlete participation in the Olympics.

Athletes will qualify for the Olympics if they meet performance qualification criteria at one of the following events:

Continental - Representation - Exception - North - South

Continental representation: With the exception of North and South America, the highest-placed...
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