The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) is working to get Trial-E added to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris – and if it’s accepted, electric Trials would become the first motorsport to be officially recognised as part of the Olympic Games.
Jacques Bolle (FIM Vice President and French Motorcycling Federation President), Jean-Pierre Mougin (FIM Honorary Deputy President and V.P. of the French National Olympic Committee), and Thierry Michaud (three-time Trial World Champion and Director of the FIM Trial Commission) recently met with the Paris 2024 Olympics organising committee to make the case for Trial-E.
Interestingly, the International Olympic Committee’s current policy for introducing new sports to the games is based on several criteria: youth focused, equally accessible for men and women, sustainable, spectacular, practiced on all continents and requiring no new infrastructure. It’s a relatively new policy which has seen baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, climbing and surfing introduced for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. And looking at the criteria – Trial-E should be in with a good shot for 2024.
The FIM delegation is making the case that Trial-E meets all of the IOC’s requirements for addition to the Olympics – though of course, it’ll be up against some tough competition. Jorge Viegas, FIM President said: “We are convinced that the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 represent a unique and historic opportunity to allow Trial-E to become the first motor sport discipline to be part of the Olympic Games. This great première will be the foundation for a strong relationship that will bring the FIM, the IOC and all the Olympic family closer together for many years to come.”
An official list of eligible proposed new Olympic sports will be submitted to the IOC shortly, but the final decision on which sports will be added won’t be made until after the Tokyo Olympics.