- 03 March 2014 | Kiteboarding
Kiteboarding has been added as a demonstration sport to the Delta Lloyd Regatta 2014, to be held in Medemblik, Netherlands.
The Delta Lloyd Regatta is one of the world's most important events for Olympic Classes. In 2014, the competition will include kiteboarding for the first time in its history. Kiteboarders have an eye on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
"The intention of the organizing authority is to use formats as recommended by the International Olympic Committee for a future inclusion of kiteboarding in the Olympic Games 2020," explains the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA).
The event will run between 21st-24th May and will include short Course Races. "The idea is to compete in round-robin systems ensuring that every sailor has a start every 30-40 minutes, giving rider a lot of time on the water".
After losing the opportunity to debut in Rio de Janeiro 2016, kiteboarders are seriously aiming at the Summer Olympic Games scheduled for Japan.
The Delta Lloyd Regatta 2014 is limited to 20 kiteboarders. It will be open to male and female rider, and it may be a direct qualifier for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Grand Final.
The first Dutch regatta took place in 1985, and through the years became one of world's best Olympic Sailing regattas with over 1100 participants from more than 50 countries.