In a bid to chase younger audiences and re-invigorate the Games, it made the call to add skateboarding and surfing to the Olympic repertoire for Tokyo 2020.
The Kiwi skateboarding community responded with a mix of salutations and disgust.
A bitter debate was born.
Smouldering away in the city streets, the debate lives on.
Some skaters feared this inclusion could spell the end of the beloved street skateboarding culture, others expressed the notion it is simply the next step for the sport.
Having been a dedicated wood-pusher for the last decade I felt myself caught in this time of turbulence.
So I set out on a quest:
To find out what this decision really means for the sport, and discuss the concerns that some have raised.
Banter of country-affiliated spandex suits fueled arguments among the ‘no’ camp.
But secretary of Skateboarding New Zealand, Simon Thorp, assured me the Olympic committee has no interest in changing the culture or fashion sense that seems to set skateboarders apart.
He believed our introduction to the Games would give the public a more positive perception of the sport as well as bringing a lot more money into the industry.
"Skateboarding is so diverse and an individual activity, so if people want to skate street and be a rebel then they can, and if some want to become athletes, they can too," said Thorp.
Talking to local skateboarders in Christchurch, the response to our inclusion has been largely positive, with concerns raised by some.
15-year-old sponsored skater Hunter Moore said he liked the idea of bringing lots of skaters together but was not so fond of pitting them against each other.
"I just don’t like that it’s a huge competition, that’s not what skateboarding is really about," he said.
David Chen, 23, also a sponsored skateboarder, believed our new place in the Olympics would normalize the sport and make it easier for people to progress when out in the streets.
"We get trespassed or kicked out [of street spots] if we do it too much here in New Zealand, it's pretty heavy," said Chen.