Olympics fishing vision is cast aside by anglers

Annual rod sales continue to decline. Picture: Archant

Annual rod sales continue to decline. Picture: Archant - Credit: Archant

With hundreds of talented anglers across our region alone, Great Britain would stand a good chance of landing a haul of Olympic medals.

But with the international governing body for fishing now floating the idea of including it in the 2020 games, not everyone is in favour.

The Confederation Internationale de la Peche Sportive claims the discipline would enlarge the universality of the Olympic idea due to its popularity.

Freshwater, sea, fly and sport fishing would be included in the Summer Games under plans submitted by the organisation on Wednesday.

Ferenc Szalay, the confederation's president, said the sport's 'ancient and fair competition system' matched Olympic ideas.

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He added that the fish would be returned to the water unharmed after they had been caught.

But critics have cast aside idea, with some anglers in Norfolk not convinced that the sport would suit television.

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It is one of several events that are currently seeking to secure Olympic status.

Baseball, softball, karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing were approved by the International Olympic Committee this year. However, squash and netball missed out.

The new sports will add 18 events and a further 474 athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Angling was an unofficial sport at the 1900 Games in Paris. During the competition, around 600 fishermen participated in four separate events.

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