Three New Sports for OCI

The Irish Governing Bodies representing the new sports added to the Olympics from 2020 have been admitted to the Olympic Council of Ireland.

Softball Ireland, Onakai and Mountaineering Ireland were admitted at the OCI’s Annual General Meeting last Thursday with the organisations representing Baseball, Skateboarding and Surfing on a path towards being accepted in 2019.

Baseball / Softball, Karate, Skateboard, Sports Climbing and Surfing will all be on the programme for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

Ahead of the AGM, Baseball and Softball in Ireland agreed a memorandum of understanding which puts into place the mechanism for them to share their vote, reflecting the fact that at international, and IOC level, they are governed by a single International Federation.

“We are delighted to welcome three new sports to our membership ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” said OCI President Sarah Keane.

“We are already engaging with all of the new sports bodies to understand their plans for the Olympic cycle and look forward to working with all new and proposed members.”

Ireland’s Women’s Softball team are ranked the fifth best team in Europe and 20th in the World rankings in 2017.

Last year’s Irish International Karate Open hosted 600 competitors from 13 countries at the National Sports Campus.

“Today is a special and important day for everyone involved in climbing on the Island of Ireland,” said Murrough McDonagh, CEO of Mountaineering Ireland.

“Sport Climbing is on the schedule for Tokyo 2020 and there is a strong possibility that it will be continued for Paris 2024 and LA 2028 Olympic Games. We must continue to support and develop the excellent work from grassroots to high performance being carried out by our dedicated volunteers in clubs and Development Squads through to National Teams coaches, to ensure that those wishing to take up the sport have the opportunity to do so and for those wishing to advance within the sport have the support they need.”

Image Credit: Constant Climbing

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