WFDF Press Release: WFDF President Rauch statement on the additional sports selected by Paris 2024 for the Olympic Games sports programme

21 February 2019

The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) has received today the official notification by Paris 2024 that Flying Disc was not selected as an additional sport for the 2024 edition of the Olympic Games.

Paris 2024 Sport Director Jean-Philippe Gatien wrote to WFDF President Rauch that "after careful consideration, the Paris 2024 Executive team has reached a final decision" and that Flying Disc "has not been selected to be put forward to the IOC to become a part of the Olympic Games 2024 sports programme."

The sports of Surfing, Skateboarding, Sport Climbing, and Breaking were selected by Paris 2024 as additional sports to be put forward to the IOC for approval, as was announced at their Press Conference in Paris this morning.

"It was a pleasure and honor for WFDF to discuss the possibility of inclusion of Flying Disc sports to the Olympic Games 2024 in the French capital with the Paris 2024 Executive Team members and staff and we thank them for their consideration," commented WFDF President Robert L. "Nob" Rauch on the decision announced by Paris 2024 this morning.

"We would like to congratulate the four sports selected for the proposal and we are sure they will make a positive contribution to the Games. We will seek to learn from their experience as we look forward to consideration for inclusion in the Programme of the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles."

"We have again learned a lot about the opportunities which our sport would give to any Organizer of Multisport Games and the challenges this entails. It appears that the Organizers have decided against adding any team sports to this edition of the Games due to logistical constraints and the selection process followed a logic that at the end left no place for the WFDF proposal."

"As invited by Paris 2024, we will aim to enter now into a discussion to explore other possibilities to foster the position of Flying Disc sports in France around the Games and add to the legacy of Paris 2024 for the Organizers. We will work with our member association, Federation Flying Disc France (FFFD), and our other supporters in France to follow-up on such opportunities."


Best regards,

Volker Bernardi

Executive Director

World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF)

Enggasse 2a, D - 55296 Harxheim, Germany

Mobile: +49 176 64 19 77 02



About WFDF: The World Flying Disc Federation is the international sports federation responsible for world governance of flying disc (FrisbeeTM) sports, including Ultimate, Beach Ultimate, Guts, and Individual Events. WFDF is a federation of member associations which represent flying disc sports and their athletes in more than 84 countries. WFDF is an international federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a member of ARISF, SportAccord and the International World Games Association, and it is a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in the state of Colorado, USA. The WFDF Executive Committee: President Robert L. "Nob" Rauch, Secretary Thomas Griesbaum, Treasurer Kate Bergeron.

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