Olympic sailing medallist defends kiteboarding in Rio de Janeiro

September 14, 2012 | Kiteboarding
Rod Davis: Olympic medallist for USA and New Zealand

Rod Davis believes that the windsurfing community should have defended the sport before the ISAF decision to replace it by kiteboarding, in the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in Brazil.

Double Olympic medallist Rob Davis has been extremely direct over the sailing controvery involving windsurfing and kiteboarding, at the Olympic movement.

"Too bad the board lobbyists did not muster their troops before the vote, when the first warning shots were fired. Six months previously a call to arms was issued by ISAF: the question of windsurfers or kite boards as an Olympic class will be decided at the May meetings", Davis explains in an article published at Sail World.

The former Olympic champion thinks that the decision to take kiteboarding to the Rio de Janeiro event is a "collateral damage". Rod doesn't have a side in this war. "I am surprised as anyone that the kiteboard got voted in over the windsurfer but upon further reflection I am not convinced that is a bad thing", he adds.

Rod Davis admitts that kiteboarding is growing fast and if the sport is considered to be the future, then "it should be brought into the highest level, as soon as possible".

"The point is 'don't be afraid of change just because it is change'. Embrace it. Everything else will become details that will, and have been, handled in the past".

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