December 19 - The International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) brought together, what they claimed, was a strong and experienced international team to present their case for inclusion into the 2020 Games to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Programme in Lausanne.
The multi-nation team inclued IWWF President Kuno Ritschard of Switzerland; IWWF secretary general Gill Hill of Great Britain; IWWF chairman of marketing and media Des Burke-Kennedy of Ireland; chairman of the Cable Wakeboard World Council Varna Laco of Croatia and Daniel Fetz of Austria, the World Athletes Cable Wakeboard representative.
IWWF used their allocated time to perform a 20-minute presentation which showcased their single discipline for potential Olympic inclusion, cable boarding, as a fast growing, exciting, and youth-focused lifestyle sport.
This also featured live commentary from Fetz, who helped the team to portray their sport's environmental advantages, low running costs, and their electrically power cable system.
The recorded presentation time was 20 minutes and 20 seconds – something which many at IWWF consider as a lucky omen.
The day saw seven sports, baseball and softball, roller sports, squash, karate, climbing, wakeboarding and wushu all bidding for inclusion into the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games present their sport's innovations to the IOC in Lausanne.
"We greatly appreciated this opportunity provided by the IOC and strongly believe that Wakeboard would certainly bring a great deal of added value and excitement to the Olympic programme," said Ritschard.
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