Surfing in the Olympics: movement gains support from the Minister of Sports of Brazil
SURF 2016/Olympic Updates
In a meeting at the Ministry of Sports with movement leaders of SURF 2016 along with deputy Walter Feldman, the Minister Aldo Rebelo (Minister of Sport in Brazil) has pledged to sign a formal application to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to include surfing as a sport presentation at the 2016 Olympics.
The organization’s president, Jacques Rogge, had already expressed support for the initiative, just waiting for the request by the Brazilian Ministry for making inclusion.
“This sport practiced by millions of people in Brazil and around the world need to have their recognition – if not as an Olympic sport, officer, it’s like a sport to be displayed during the Olympics. I will do a letter to IOC president recommending and recognizing the social, cultural and health practice as it is surfing”, said Minister Aldo Rebelo.
The movement SURF 2016, led by Romeu Andreatta, almasurf’s magazine publisher, was launched in March last year with the publication of a dossier – signed by journalist Adriano Vasconcellos – which shows why the sport deserves to be in the Games in Rio. It defends the city as the main birthplace of surfing in the country, and which has greater legitimacy in culture and global references of beach culture lifestyle to be recognized as ‘The Beach City of the World’.
“The sensitivity, culture and perception of the Minister in relation to a sport that now involves millions of people around the world far outweighed our expectations. Brazil of course has a huge potential for the development of the surf and all the benefits it brings, such as social inclusion, healthy practice and philosophy of life”, celebrated Andreatta. “Even without aptitude and competitive structure, the sport needs to be presented in this great and unique opportunity that will be the 2016 Olympic Games.”
Besides Romeu Andreatta, the movement “SURF 2016″ brings together big names in the sector, as the president of the Brazilian Confederation of Surf, Adalvo Argolo, the legendary surfer Rico de Souza, CEO of the GSM Group Brazil / Billabong, Alessandra Berlinck, the leader of ISA (International Surfing Association), Marcus Bukão, and now, the Minister Aldo Rebelo.
Author: Adriano Vasconcellos