RS:X Windsurfing: war has broken with ISAF

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has been notified of a legal challenge by the International RS:X Class Association to the decision taken at the ISAF Council meeting, in May 2012, to select kiteboarding for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.

"ISAF intends to fully defend the decision of the ISAF Council, which was made in accordance with the ISAF Regulations and the defined decision making processes of ISAF", says the statement issued by the governing body.

"ISAF expects the normal submission process to be used in order to ask Council to reconsider its decisions and therefore ISAF is extremely disappointed that this course of action has been taken, not least because responding to legal claims will incur substantial and unnecessary legal costs for ISAF and for the Class itself".

ISAF do not explains what will be the consequences of the legal battle. Will ISAF keep supporting windsurfing as one of its sports?

The judicial action will also involve kiteboarders. A new war is breaking in the wind sailing world and the effects will definitely mark the future of windsurfing and kiteboarding.