According to Yahoo Sports
, "The International Olympic Committee said Friday it has held discussions with cycling's world governing body about introducing skateboarding as a discipline for the London program." The 2012 Olympics are set for London, and it looks like the chances of skateboarding being added as an official "sport" are high. "We are doing our best to introduce skateboarding for 2012," UCI sports director Olivier Quejuiner told the London Evening Standard, according to Yahoo Sports. "We have a clear strategy ... The venue could be wonderful. All we need now is the green light from the IOC. Technically, logistically and in terms of cost, it would not be a problem to stage the event in 2012." The concept of skateboarding in the Olympics has been in the pipes for a while - read Skateboarding in the Olympics
What does this mean for skateboarding? Many feel that doing something like this with skateboarding will seal its fate as a legitimate sport, which will then lead to rules, an official "right" way to ride a skateboard, and even more selling out. On the other hand, many others feel that bringing skateboarding into the main stream will bring greater acceptance, help ease harassment, and bring in more community support. What do you think? Leave a comment below.
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