Rio de Janeiro: perfect for windsurfers and kiteboarders

For windsurfing and kiteboarding, the battle is not over. Unfortunately, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has postponed the decision on selecting the board sport which will confirm a seat in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, scheduled for Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil.

It's hard to believe and the consequences will be felt in both sports. The final decision will be made by the ISAF Council in November 2012, after the "evaluation process" is complete. The sailing authorities have delayed a definitive resolution and were able to add more confusion to the whole process.

What does this mean? There are multiple scenarios. The first one is having windsurfing and kiteboarding in men and women divisions. The other option is having only one sport. The third call could mix windsurfing with a kiteboarding evaluation competition.

In the next 18 months, the governing bodies for windsurfing and kiteboarding will lose too much time lobbying and campaigning for the Olympic Games, instead of concentrating their efforts in the development of the sports. The ISAF postponment will put kiteboarders against windsurfers and vice-versa.

The selected classes for Rio de Janeiro 2016 will be Men's One Person Dinghy (Laser), Women's One Person Dinghy (Laser Radial), Men's 2nd One Person Dinghy (Finn), Men's Skiff (49er), Women's Skiff (Evaluation), Men's Two Person Dinghy (470), Women's Two Person Dinghy (470) and Mixed Two Person Multihull (Evaluation).