Sport: Tahiti wipes out in bid to host Olympic surfing competition

12:04 pm on 8 October 2019

The chances of French Polynesia hosting the 2024 Olympic surfing competition have dimmed.

A Surfer training days out from Billabong's annual Tahiti competition at Teahupoo reef. TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA - AUGUST 5 2018

A Surfer training days out from Billabong's annual Tahiti competition at Teahupoo reef. TAHITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA - AUGUST 5 2018 Photo: Andrea Izzotti/123RF

The head of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach has again said he is in favour of holding the event in proximity of the host city Paris.

Surfing will become an official Olympic sport from next year and Tahiti is one of five venues applying to stage the official surfing events for Paris 2024.

Mr Bach first expressed reservations about Tahiti's bid in June, saying then what he is reiterating now, that he wants the event to be held closer to Paris.

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