ICYMI: Surfing Boss Optimistic for Tokyo 2020; Belarus Hockey Situation

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(ATR) Talking with International Surfing Association president Fernando Aguerre, it doesn’t take long to realize he is a "glass half-full" kind of guy.

"I get to surf every day for two hours so that’s my way of starting the day. Today was 8am to 10am. I surf and then throw me everything, I don’t care," Aguerre tells Around the Rings.

He has plenty of reason to be happy this week, following the IOC announcement on Monday that surfing, breaking, skateboarding, and sport climbing were officially in the sport program for Paris 2024.

"So this is really good, very exciting, and we’re all ready to take surfing to Tahiti," he says.

The world-renowned reef break Teahupo’o is the venue for surfing in 2024. In addition to the sport’s best athletes, the competition will pay homage to the culture and heritage of the sport.

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2022 Games Host Not to be Decided in December

(ATR) The Commission for Future Venues of Centro Caribe Sports has recommended traveling to the candidate cities of the 2022 Games, Mayaguez (Puerto Rico) and San Salvador (El Salvador), Around the Rings has learned.

A source linked to the regional sports organization assured that the decision of this face-to-face inspection despite the epidemiological situation in the region changes the Executive Committee's plans to decide on the venue this December.The emerging situation of going out in search of a new host for the 24th Central American and Caribbean Games came after Panama pulled out in July due to the health crisis.

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Decision on Belarus World Hockey Championship 'Very Complicated'

(ATR) The International Olympic Committee has taken provisional measures against Alexander Lukashenko and Belarusian NOC executives, banning them from future IOC events and the Olympic Games.

"In view of the allegations and elements received by the IOC and the response received from the NOC of Belarus, the IOC has come to the conclusion that the NOC of Belarus has not appropriately protected the Belaurusian athletes from political discrimination within the NOC, and I stress within the NOC, their member federations or the sports movement," IOC President Thomas Bach told media during a virtual press conference following an IOC Executive Board meeting on Monday.

"This is contrary to the fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter, and therefore seriously affects the reputation of the Olympic Movement," he said.

The IOC launched a formal investigation into the Belarusian NOC on November 25, researching claims by the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation and athletes that Belarusian authorities violated athletes’ rights by detaining and even abusing individuals for expressing their political views and protesting against the government.

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