| LONDON, April 5
LONDON, April 5 Cycling is willing to help
skateboarders fight for Olympic gold but they face a long wait
for inclusion, cycling head Pat McQuaid said on Tuesday.
"There are discussions going on about the probability, or
possibility, of maybe getting BMX freestyle and skateboarding
into the Olympic Games programme," the International Cycling
Union (UCI) president told Reuters at the Sportaccord
"Discussions aren't very far advanced yet, it's just an idea
that has come up in discussions with the IOC because of the
success of BMX when we brought that into the Beijing Olympic
Games," he added.
McQuaid, a member of the International Olympic Committee,
said the IOC had asked his federation whether they could
accommodate skateboarding were it to become a serious
"We said we could," said the Dubliner, adding that the UCI
was willing to take the whole of skateboarding under their
The problem, apart from any resistance from skateboarders to
being put under the governance of the cycling body, would be the
strict limits on the number of athletes allowed to attend an
McQuaid said IOC president Jacques Rogge had repeated on
Tuesday that there would be no change in the quota between now
"In order to bring in those disciplines (BMX freestyle and
skateboarding), you need more medals and more quota and it can't
be done from the existing cycling quota," he said.
"It would have to be extra so that would have to be up to
the IOC to sort out. It could be a long term project."
Despite skateboarding, with its urban counter-culture image,
appearing to be a very different sport to cycling, McQuaid said
there were strong elements in common.
"BMX is a bike and BMX freestyle is a bike and skateboarding
uses the same venues as BMX freestyle," he said.
"They are both... (similar) lifestyle events that attract
very much the youth culture of today and it's important for
sport to attract youth.
"We have strong evidence that athletes come in through BMX
and then go up into other disciplines afterwards," added the
Irishman. "There's no reason why skateboarding wouldn't do the
Britain's multiple track Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy
and Australian road racer Robbie McEwen started out racing BMX
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Ken Ferris; To query
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