Fishing organisers want the sport to be part of the 2020 Olympics

The CIPS want angling to be part of the Olympic programme

Fishing organisers want the sport to be part of the 2020 Olympics

Anglers compete in the 11th National Angling Contest in North Korea. (AP Photo/Jong Chol Jin)

Fishing's international governing body want the sport to be included in the programme for the 2020 Olympic Games.

The Confederation Internationale de la Peche Sportive have applied to the IOC to have angling included on the Olympic programme. No fish would be hurt during the Games, if included, with all the animals getting thrown back into the sea.

Baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding have already been added to the Olympic programme for four years time.

In a statement released by the Confederation on Wednesday, they claimed "it would enlarge the development and the universality of the Olympic idea all over the world"

Angling was an unofficial sport at the 1900 Olympics in Paris. It is the only time, the sport has been in the the Olympic Games.

"The C.I.P.S. has sent to the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) the application to be recognised by it as Olympic sport."

"The CIPS has collected all required documents and answers to all questions of the application questionnaire file of the International Olympic Committee, and has presented his application for the Olympic recognition."

“I would like to confirm we are convinced that obtaining this recognition, and becoming member of the Olympic family, it would be very important for CIPS; because besides giving a great additional contribution for promoting not only the fishing sport but the universal sport, it would enlarge the development and the universality of the Olympic idea all over the world” – said Mr. Ferenc Szalay, President of the CIPS."

"The International Olympic Committee recognition would give also to all National Federations not recognised till now by their own National Olympic Committees the possibility to obtain this recognition and finally to acquire the dignity to be considered a sport with capital S, and a great possibility for our sport to be included in a future Olympic Games."