The International Surfing Association (ISA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) updated the qualification process for surfing’s Olympic debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The goal of the qualification system is to ensure participation of the world's best professional surfers and promote universal opportunities for surfers from around the world to compete on the Olympic stage.
Upon qualifying for the Olympics through the IOC/ISA criteria highlighted below, USA athletes will become USA Surfing team members, have access to a wealth of resources and support and compete as a team in 2019 and 2020 ISA World Surfing Games (see Making the USA Surfing team).
Among the new Olympic action sports for 2020 (climbing, skateboarding and surfing), USA Surfing is the only organization to fulfill the governance requirements to be recognized as a National Governing Body, meeting requirements stipulated by the International Surfing Association (ISA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
Here are some of the basics about how athletes qualify to surf in the Olympics:
The hierarchical order of qualification will be as follows:
*In accordance with IOC guidelines, the qualification events have been determined in hierarchical order of qualification. For example, if two women have qualified through the first hierarchical order, that NOC will not be able to qualify more women surfers through qualifying events lower in hierarchical order.
Following each qualification event, ISA will publish the results on its website www.isaworlds.com and inform the respective NOC of their allocated quota places. (more information under section G: Qualification Timeline)
To view the complete Olympic Qualification System for Surfing in Tokyo 2020, click here.
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