Windsurfing and Kiteboarding: in the hands of the ISAF

Windsurfing, kiteboarding or both? The sailing world is counting the days until the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) decides which regatta classes will be heading to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

After several lobbying actions, consultations, background analysis and public support letters, it's time to take decisions. On the 8th May, ISAF will reveal and deliberate who will smile in Rio de Janeiro, in 2016.

Everything can happen. Windsurfers believe they can sail in all wind conditions and can promise tight races and dramatic finishes. The RS:X class also says that windsurfing is a secure and TV-friendly sport with a consolidated tradition in the Olympic Games.

Kitesurfers promise action, speed, adrenaline and competitive contests. The International Kiteboarding Organization (IKA) has worked hard to gather a broad support from VIP's like Richard Branso, the Virgin mogul and intrepid kiteboarder.

A total of 65 urgent submissions have been received by the ISAF. These submissions will be considered by the Events Committee and the ISAF Council alongside three submissions deferred from the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference relating to Olympic Class World Championships.

The ISAF Council will be taking the final decisions at the Astoria Hotel, in St Petersburg, Russia.