LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The surfing events at the 2024 Paris Olympics will be held on the other side of the world in Tahiti.
The International Olympic Committee signed off Tuesday on Paris organizers’ wish to send surfing competitions more than 15,000 km away to the Pacific island instead of using France’s Atlantic coast.
Olympic leaders were won over despite IOC President Thomas Bach initially saying last year that he preferred keeping athletes closer to the host city.
Paris officials told IOC executive board members Tuesday they found “overwhelming support” among the surfing community for going to Tahiti.
“The (board members) were convinced by the enthusiasm of the Paris 2024 presentation,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “They assured us, and went through sustainability and, importantly too, the popularity among athletes.”
The competition venue will be the village of Teahupo’o on the southwest coast of the French Polynesian island.
A Paris proposal for the downtown Place de la Concorde to host urban sports — such as 3-on-3 basketball, breakdancing and sports climbing — was also approved.