IFKO accuses World Sailing of "fraudulent governance" over kiteboarding

November 11, 2016 | Kiteboarding
Kiteboarding: IFKO accuses World Sailing of fraudulent governance

The International Federations of Kitesports Organisations (IFKO) has accused World Sailing of fraudulent governance over the sport of kiteboarding.

Diogo Paes Fernandes, president of IFKO, says that World Sailing has illegally taken over kiteboarding and is already taking legal steps to put an end to what he consider a "fraudulent governance."

"Competition, credibility, and athletes have suffered for several years from a variety of power struggles, directly or indirectly caused by the misappropriation of kiteboarding under World Sailing," says Paes Fernandes.

"Having investigated the various processes, IFKO classifies the current situation as fraudulent and will do everything possible to ensure this is resolved, and the sport of kiteboarding and all its disciplines are allowed to stand on their own, in a right and proper manner."

The written statement released by IFKO also stresses that World Sailing and the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) have chosen to "publicly attack our efforts with a continual barrage of derogatory comments and announcements."

Paes Fernandes considers that riders must be unconditionally free to participate in any national or international competitions without fear of penalties from organizations or sponsors.

"There is also a request for a rivalry clarification meeting with SportAccord, and the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS) accepted mediation. World Sailing didn't answer. However, IFKO is already taking legal steps to bring this big campaign of governance to an end. Facts and sports ethics will prevail," adds the IFKO president.

IFKO also urges the kiteboarding community to actively participate in the governance of their sport by democratically taking back control of national kiteboarding associations, in order to gain IFKO membership.

Finally, the organization led by Diogo Fernandes announced the creation of a new kite discipline - Pilot Kite - that will be submitted to Olympic officials.

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