New Olympic Entries

Roller For Olympics Presentation in Lausanneローラースポーツ、オリンピック新種目と成れず。IOC理事会で選考された「ラグビー7」、「ゴルフ」はIOC総会の承認を待つばかりです。このニュースにショック受けた人は多かったのか、それ程でも無かったのか、正直なところ分かりません。考えてみれば、理事は何らかのオリンピック種目関係者で占められているのだから、ローラースポーツなど眼中に無かったように思います。

足元の日本を見てみても、オリンピック種目に成りえる環境には程遠い状況です。たとえ新種目に成っていたとしてもオリンピック標準タイム、世界ランキングに入っていて、オリンピックに出場できる日本人選手が何人も居るとは思えません。それより、まずアジアでトップになる方が現実的です。これでチャンスが全く無くなったわけでもなし、次は何年後?。

Jacques Rogge denies new Olympic entries are all about the money

by Owen Gibson (Aug. 14, 2009)
  • Golf and rugby sevens have been added to the list of events
  • IOC president says they have been nominated on merit



  • Jacques Rogge says golf and rugby sevens will be a great addition to the Olympic Games. Photograph: Aude Vanlathem/AFP/Getty Images

    Jacques Rogge yesterday denied his executive board had been dazzled by the biggest names in sport and the sponsorship and TV money they could attract as he defended the process by which golf and rugby sevens were recommended for Olympic status.

    In a debate that cuts to the heart of questions about what the Olympic movement represents, the IOC executive board plumped for golf and rugby over softball, baseball, karate, roller sports (essentially speed inline skating) and squash.

    The International Rugby Board made the astute step of pushing for inclusion for the faster, shorter sevens form of the game as a means of developing the appeal of the sport around the world.

    The 72-hole Olympic golf tournament, on the other hand, will look much like any other apart from having a medal rather than a cheque as the prize. Critics have questioned whether top players such as Tiger Woods will prioritise it over the four majors or, indeed, the Ryder Cup.

    "This question was raised time and time again with tennis and ice hockey," said Rogge, the IOC president, yesterday. "Ask [Rafael] Nadal, ask [Roger] Federer, ask the NHL players, ask the NBA players in the dream team, they all want to go to the Games. I'm absolutely not concerned about that."

    The IOC is seemingly relaxed about the notion that in some sports, the Olympics will not be the pinnacle of achievement yet Rogge said the IOC had received assurances from the biggest names in golf, particularly the younger generation who will be in their pomp in 2016, that they would play. But it is clear that the commercial appeal of the sport – which only narrowly triumphed over karate in a closer race than many expected after the martial art received more votes in the opening round – and of rugby was a key factor.

    "In the end, the decision came down to which two would add the most value," said Rogge. "Golf and rugby will be a great addition to the games. They have global appeal, a geographically diverse line-up of top iconic athletes and an ethic that stresses fair play."

    The key factors in determining a sport's suitability for the Olympic programme include youth appeal, universality, popularity, good governance, respect for athletes and respect for the Olympic values.

    But by including the two best-funded and most glamorous names on the list, the IOC has left itself open to accusations that it needs the stars of those sports more than those sports need the Olympics.

    Peter Dawson, the R&A chief executive who led golf's campaign in his capacity as joint secretary of the International Golf Federation, acknowledged that the star power of the game's biggest players was a factor. "It's the IOC's job to choose sports they think will be best for the Games. They recognise the star quality of many of golf's players and how that can add to the Olympics, and how golf being in the Olympics can help us grow the game."

    He predicted that the attitude of golfers to the Olympics would change over time. "It's true to say that golf's major championships have historically been the pinnacle of success in the game. The players recognise that while that's true, the Olympics is the pinnacle of sport and they think golf should be involved. They fancy rubbing shoulders with the leading athletes in other sports and being involved."

    A prime motivating factor for both golf and rugby in the race for Olympic status was the drive to grow their sports in key markets. Dawson said the sport would "change enormously" in the coming years once eastern European and Chinese governments poured funds into it.

    For the International Rugby Board, which was rewarded for a textbook campaign with a majority in just the second round of voting, it means targeting the US, Russia, Canada, Brazil, China, India and Africa as it seeks to broaden its global appeal. But some of the other sports on the list are entitled to ask why that developmental leg-up is being given to sports that are already well funded and have mature commercial revenue streams.

    Golf and rugby sevens are not quite over the finishing line – the choices of the IOC board must be ratified by the full membership in Copenhagen in October. But for the five losers, it is the end of the road – there is no way back, even if either of the two winners are rejected. Instead, they are left only with the bill for the lobbying process.
    The Guardian: Jacques Rogge denies new Olympic entries are all about the money
    IOC Executive Board: ELECTION (PDF)

    Olympics

    by Michael Cheek (Aug. 13, 2009)
    I hurt today... And i don't hurt for myself, I hurt for the sport I love. Today our Olympic bid was shot down once again. As far as my skating career it really changes little, except possible sponsor opportunities. By 2016, hopefully I will still have something to do with the sport, but I will be well past my competitive prime. But I'm not gonna lie I wanted it bad.

    It's possible we were fighting a losing battle from the very beginning. The 2 sports that did get in have money we can't compete with. I've always stated that you never talk down on someones passion, so I'm not gonna start talking badly about rugby or golf. Because if we would have been lucky enough to get in, I would hope for the same from people in other sports. There are things that i didn't ever want to see that the Olympics might have brought. I never would want to see our sport being controlled by people that aren't in the sport. I don't want an outside company to be able to control a lot of the sport like some sponsors would. Call skating mom and pop if you want, but that's part of the thing that makes us so great. The people involved really care. We love our sport, and if you don't love the sport you don't stay in it.

    Personally I never craved being an Olympic champion, on a Wheaties box, lime light, or any of the fame that can come with the Olympics. But there are people who deserve that. People like Chad Hedrick, Jorge Botero, Theresa Cliff, Joey Mantia, Cecilia Baena, Kalon Dobbin, Jessica Smith,the Muse brothers, Gregory Duggento, and more and more that we know as common names. These same people that have worked as hard as any Olympian before them. They shed the same blood, sweat and tears that all great athletes do. They deserve that moment to show the rest of the world that they are the best at a sport they love. In a time where our sport is struggling with numbers, this could have been so huge. It would have been great to look at a 12yr old kid who doesn't know if he really wants this sport, and be able to look him in the face and say "come on kid, if you work hard you can become an Olympic champion." Our sport deserves for the whole world to see it. To give them the opportunity to fall in love with skating like we all have.

    So where do we go from here. It was like a punch to the stomach to learn we didn't get it, but what do we do. We do the thing we've always done in this sport. We get up and work hard at what we love. We keep skating, b/c that's what we do. Yes we wanted the Olympics, but not getting it doesn't change the sport. If you don't love skating b/c it's not in the Olympics, you probably never did. Will speed skating die b/c we didn't get into the Olympics....No. Because in the end we don't need the Olympics, we don't need FIRS, we don't USARS, we don't need a stopwatch, we don't need anyone watching, we don't need sponsors, we just don't need much..... All we need is our skates.
    Cheex Skating Blog: Olympics

    Olympic Games: 2 sports in the short list, but not inline...

    by Vincent Esnault (Aug. 13, 2009)
    Bad news for the inline speed skating family: in spite of good sports aspects and a solid presentation (including Olympic champion Ippolito Sanfratello and other people), it has missed out. The two finallists are rugby and golf...

    The International Olympic Comittee decided to propose rugby and gulf for the Olympic Games of 2016. The finale decision will be taken in early October.

    For inline speed skating, it is a big deception. The sport is practised on each continent, by thousands of people. It is always a great show live, or on TV screen. And the champions are always more professionals.

    Actually, inline speed skating really seems to stick to the Olympic values, which are "youth appeal, universality, popularity, good governance, respect for athletes and respect for the Olympic values" (source: OIC website). The only one thing missing actually is that it is not an Olympic sport!
    Team Rollerblade: Olympic Games: 2 sports in the short list, but not inline...

    Inline out of the Olympics : reaction of the athletes

    by Vincent Esnault (Aug. 18, 2009)
    The skaters of Rollerblade world gave their reaction about the recent decision, non to include inline speed skating at the Olympic Games. Some are quite disappointed, some other still believe in our sport.

    Alexis is very disappointed about that decision like every single skater on the earth I guess. The French skater explains: “we knew that it wasn’t going to be easy, but I am sad that the IOC didn't recognize the value of Olympism that our sport represents. I guess we lost the political game but I can’t imagine that our sport doesn't deserve to be in the Olympics.” He thinks that we are definitely not Olympic champions of politics, which could explain the decision of the IOC... But Alexis wants to stay positive: “we are practicing an amazing sport and I hope that inline skating will not suffer from that decision too much.”

    Francesco is quite disappointed, but he would have thought about this result. “We received too much promises and disillusions these past years”, he explains. But the Italian stays positive: “inline speed skating is my sport, and it doesn't matter to me if it is in the Olympics or not. This sport gives me a lot of emotions, to many other skaters, trainers and presidents as well. It is a real sport, and I am very proud of being a skater!” he concludes.

    For Diego Rosero, “with or without the Olympics, inline speed skating is, and will always be a great sport.” Diego says that he believes in it, and that the other millions of skaters also believe in it.

    Luca is realistic about the decision of the IOC. “I am a little disappointed, because I thought inline speed skating could be at the Olympics. But I knew it would have been quite hard: there were some other very sports far much popular than skating, and with big sponsors around. So gulf and rugby are the two ones, but we still have to wait until October to know the final decision. Hope is the last one to die!”
    Team Rollerblade: Inline out of the Olympics : reaction of the athletes

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