A 2009 survey found that there were 11.8 million active skateboarders in the world. It also estimated that skateboarding was worth an estimated $4.8 billion (£3.5 billion/€4 billion) in annual revenue. Neither figure is likely to have diminished in the meantime.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) sports director Kit McConnell has claimed he is confident that the world's top skateboarders and event organisers will participate at Tokyo 2020, despite the hostility expressed by some in the sport about it being in the Olympics.
Exclusive: Skateboarding warned of major split if merges with International Roller Sports Federation
Skateboarding faces a damaging split if a proposed merger with the International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS) goes ahead before the sport makes its debut on the Olympic programme at Tokyo 2020, it has been claimed.
Six-time Summer X Games park champion Pedro Barros has vowed to boycott the skateboarding competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games if a dispute surrounding the designated national governing body in Brazil is not resolved.
Controversial International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) President Gary Ream is to chair the new Tokyo 2020 Skateboarding Commission set-up following the sport’s acceptance onto the Olympic programme, it has been confirmed.
Skateboarding's bid to be added to the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020 has hit a fresh crisis two days ahead of the final decision after it emerged the two rival organisations suppoed to organise the competition in the Japanese capital are involved in a legal dispute.
IOC vice-president John Coates attacked by head of International Roller Sports Federation over skateboarding
International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS) President Sabatino Aracu has accused International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates of being "not really in the loop" over the proposed introduction of skateboarding at Tokyo 2020.