Paris, May 22 (AFP) Surfing at the 2020 Olympic Games will take place in the ocean and not in an artifical wave pool, according to the International Surfing Association (ISA).Also Read - THIS Country Declares State of Emergency Amid Spike in Covid-19 Cases | Details

“With the support of the ISA, the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organisers have determined that surfing will take place in the ocean in Tokyo, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Chiba,” ISA president Fernando Aguerre told AFP today. Also Read - Highlights Hockey Score And Updates Tokyo Olympics: India Advance to Quarters With 3 Straight Wins, Beat Japan 5-3

“The organising committee has not indicated anything to us about the possibility of changing their plan, so we are planning for the chosen location in the ocean.” Iconic American surfer Kelly Slater unveiled his concept of an artifical wave pool in May during a competition organised with the World Surf League (WSL), who run the pro circuit. Also Read - India's Schedule at Tokyo Olympics 2020, Day 3: All You Need to Know

Slater had hinted that a similar project could see the day in Tokyo, WSL executive Sophie Goldschmidt adding at the time that she hoped Olympic organisers would consider using the American’s artifical wave pool because the ocean waves were not good at that time in Japan.

But organisers have plumped for Tsurigasaki Beach, which lies some 60 kilometres southeast of Tokyo and has already hosted professional surfing competitions.

“The ISA has long been a supporter and advocate for wavepool technology,” Aguerre told AFP.

“We are interested to learn of any developments of this kind, and obviously we stay in touch with surfing colleagues on all new initiatives which help in the development of our great sport.” The surfing programme at the Olympics will run for the totality of the Games, from July 24-August 9. AFP PDS PDS

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