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Tokyo Olympics: Why is skateboarding still treated like a crime?

By   /  July 25, 2021  /  Comments Off on Tokyo Olympics: Why is skateboarding still treated like a crime?

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Skateboarder Sky Brown (UK) pictured practicing ahead of Tokyo 2020 (Picture: REUTERS)

The Summer Olympics in Tokyo will see a historic first, with skateboarding making its debut as part of the games. 

Yet despite this, draconian laws have made participation in the sport a criminal offence in parts of the UK. 

I started skateboarding a decade ago when I was about 13 years old, as a means of doing my daily paper round. I’d grown up playing team sports like football and rugby, but the thought of skateboarding appealed to me as it would allow me to be solely responsible for my progress. I also liked that it had an artistic element to it – you could creatively express yourself in your own style, trick selection and…



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