Olympics-Skateboarding-"Skating banned" sign hangs outside venue


TOKYO (Reuters) - For street skaters, run-ins with neighbours and security guards are annoyingly commonplace. In Japan, where Yuto Horigome won the first ever Olympic gold awarded in skateboarding, the discipline is still widely considered as a public nuisance.

In a perfect example of skating's odd position in Japanese society, countless white posters that read "SKATING BANNED" were duck taped on the fence surrounding the Ariake Urban Park on Tokyo's waterfront, shielding locals from the world's most famous athletes competing in, well, skateboarding.

When asked about the posters by Reuters, American Nyjah Huston said he hoped skateboarding's inception into the Olympics would make it more socially acceptable.

"We're not out there trying to vandalise or trespass as lots of people see it, we're just out there doing our job and having an awesome time," he said.

Fellow countrymen Jagger Eaton turned philosophical when asked about it.

"Skateboarding is so much bigger than a sport, it's an artform," he told reporters after he won bronze. "It's a creative outlet and a lot of people just don't see it that way, which is unfortunate."

(Reporting by Mari Saito, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights
   

Next In Others

Alpine skiing-Shiffrin starts the season with her 70th World Cup win
Snowboarding-Australia's Hughes to grind through injury to Beijing
Doping-Russian triathlete Polyanskiy suspended for three years
Olympics-Canadians competing in Beijing must be vaccinated against COVID-19
Serie A involves sports media agencies to cut TV revenue shortfall - sources
Olympics-Brisbane 2032 Games spend likely to exceed A$5bn - Minister
Olympics-Team USA to have plenty of mental health support in Beijing
No breathing space for athletes with SEA Games confirmation
Malaysian sailing goes up a notch with SSL Gold Cup participation
Vietnam SEA Games pushed back to May 2022 due to Covid-19 concerns, says OCM

Others Also Read


Vouchers