The International Olympic Committee (IOC), like any major sports sanctioning body, is trying to retain relevancy and grow viewership. Recent years have seen the addition of sports previously thought to be outside the Olympic realm. Recently, the IOC has determined that baseball, softball, surfing, sports climbing, karate, and skateboarding are all worthy of Olympic events. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be the first to host these new events.
Selling trials riding
With this in mind, Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Vice President and French Motorcycling Federation President Jacques Bolle, FIM Honorary Deputy President Jean Pierre Mougin and 3-time Trials Champion Thierry Michaud traveled to Paris to meet with the Paris Olympics organizing committee. While there, the team made their case that trials riding, specifically electric motorcycle trials riding, should become an Olympic sport and event.
Criteria for inclusion
Based on the IOC’s current policy for determining whether a sport should be an Olympic sport/event, electric motorcycle trials riding has a chance to be included. An Olympic event must be:
- …youth-focused, equally accessible for men and women, sustainable, spectacular, practiced on all continents and requires no new infrastructure.
On its face, trials riding would seem to meet these requirements. However, other sports are also petitioning the IOC for inclusion in the Olympics. So it’s uncertain whether trials will become an Olympic sport/event.
FIM President’s viewpoint
In discussing the decision to petition for inclusion in the Olympics, FIM President Jorge Viegas said:
“We are convinced that the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 represent a unique and historic opportunity to allow Trial-E to become the first motorsport discipline to be part of the Olympic Games. This great première will be the foundation for a strong relationship that will bring the FIM, the IOC and all the Olympic family closer together for many years to come.”
The final new sports list will be submitted to the IOC soon. A final decision won’t be made until after the 2020 Tokyo games.