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Get Retro-Running onto the world stage in 2020

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My name is Garret Doherty. I’m a 3-time World Champion of Retro-Running – also known as backwards running.

I know it sounds like a joke, but what you may not know is that runners have been turning backwards for years. And from Ireland to China, we all share a common dream – to have our sport represented in Tokyo.

To help us realise our dream, I'll be writing a letter to every Chairman on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) requesting for Retro-Running to become a sport in the world stage.

These games are about friendship, excellence and respect. And Retro-Running is underpinned by these values. We have unrelenting passion for our sport. We have made sacrifices and fought through fatigue and pain, just like any athlete. And all we want is to represent our respective countries in the greatest sporting event of the world.

We’ve decided to use the momentum of this year's events in Rio to raise awareness of the sport and hopefully you can help us make backward the way forward.

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Yours truly,

Garret Doherty

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