Dec 12, 2019

Paris proposes holding Olympic surfing competition 10,000 miles away in Tahiti

The waves in Tahiti during the 2019 World Surf League. Photo: Matt Dunbar/WSL via Getty Images

The organizers of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris proposed that Tahiti host its surfing events, despite the fact that the Pacific island is 10,000 miles away from the city, the Guardian reports.

The big picture: Surfing will be added to the Summer Olympics for the first time next year in Tokyo. Compared to France, big waves are much more likely to occur off the coast of Tahiti, part of semi-autonomous French Polynesia.

The other side: There are environmental concerns about hosting the competition at a location that requires a 20-hour flight from Paris.

  • France argued that only 48 surfers will be competing — and some will be traveling from Australia and New Zealand, which are relatively close.
  • It also notes that hosting the surfing competition in Tahiti will likely draw fewer spectators than an alternate location in France, like Biarritz or Lacanau.

What's next: The International Olympic Committee still has to approve the decision.

Go deeper: Climate change's impact on surfing

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Audit report: Tokyo Olympics likely to cost more than $12.6 billion

The National Stadium, venue for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

Japan's National Audit Board released a report on Friday suggesting the Tokyo Olympics is likely to cost $9.7 billion in addition to the $12.6 billion that organizers are claiming the event's price tag will be, AP reports.

Why it matters: Only $5.6 billion in private money is allocated to fund the Olympics. The remainder of the funds will come from taxpayers across the country, the city of Tokyo and other government bodies, according to AP.

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Olympic Committee publishes protest guidelines for 2020 Tokyo Games

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The International Olympic Committee issued a set of guidelines on Thursday to strengthen a rule that bars athletes from certain forms of political protest at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

What they're saying... The Committee warns: "No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas."

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The Olympics and the 2020 election are saving next year's TV advertising sales

Data: MAGNA Advertising; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

If it weren't for the Olympics and the election next year, TV advertising sales would be down again next year, according to MAGNA, an advertising firm.

Why it matters: Engaged live audiences have become a commodity for advertisers, and they are willing to spend big.