FINA, the international governing body for 6 disciplines of aquatics sports, has put forth a proposal to add high diving to the Olympics 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Olympics Diving Followers from all over the world can buy Olympics Diving tickets online.

High diving, which FINA considers a different discipline from the more traditional indoor, springboard and platform diving, involves divers leaping from heights over twice as high.

A standard high diving apparatus includes a 5-meter platform, a 10-meter platform, a 20-meter platform, and a 27-meter platform. At impact, divers are traveling over 50 miles per hour – so the dives are all feet-first, rather than head-first.

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FINA Proposes Addition of High Diving For Olympic 2020 Games

The discipline was added already to the 2013 FINA World Aquatics Championships offering and is contested at the wildly-popular Red Bull Cliff Diving series. FINA made the announcement of their request at the start of the 4th edition of the FINA High Diving WC in Abu Dhabi this week.

“It’s a dream for all of us for many years now! Every athlete’s aspiration is to be able to participate in the Olympics 2020 one day. People say High Diving is a very dangerous sport, but for the ones that are within the sport, we know that we can control those challenges. We have now a good image and the entry in the FINA programmed definitively helped a lot”, explains the Colombian, first FINA world champion in 2013.

If the IOC approaches high diving as a new sport, rather than an added discipline to regular diving, then it would first need to receive as a sport by the IOC. Many sports receive recognition but are not competing at the Olympics 2020 – like bowling and chess.

The IOC can then choose to admit it to the Olympics 2020 as either a sport, a discipline (branch of a sport), or an event.

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FINA Proposes Addition of High Diving For Olympic 2020 Games

“This would generate additional respect for our discipline. When we started within FINA, four years ago in Barcelona, we were a kind of ‘circus’ artists, a bunch of crazy people. Now, within Aquatics, this perception has widely changed, so I think that the Olympic 2020 factor could give the definitive value to High Diving to the general world”.

FINA’s biggest challenge to overcome would be the Olympic 2020 Charter standards of inclusion. According to that charter, to be accepted, that sport must be “widely practiced” by men in at least 75 countries on 4 continents and by women in 40 countries on 3 continents.

High diving would likely clear most of the other hurdles. It would have to increase the “value and appeal” of the Olympic 2020 Games, which crowds at the cliff-diving series indicate it would; and must not be a purely “mind sport” or dependent on mechanical propulsion.

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FINA Proposes Addition of High Diving For Olympic 2020 Games

On balance, high diving’s only route to the Olympic 2020 at present would be as an added event or discipline, but even then, the IOC would likely challenge FINA to prove it as a truly-global competition. At the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, only 20 men from 12 countries and 10 women from 7 countries competed.

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