The soap opera of kiteboarding continues

April 20, 2016 | Kiteboarding
Kiteboarding: the tug-of-war over the government of the sport continues | Photo: Campbell/IKA

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the International Federation of Kitesports Organizations (IFKO) continue the tug-of-war over the government of kiteboarding.

IFKO has recently announced that it has teamed up with the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) to establish "training and certification standards" that will "allow instructors to be trained in one country and teach in another country lawfully."

"We are uniting the kite community and offering a valuable support to national organizations becoming IFKO associated members thanks to this agreement with the IKO," underlined Diogo Paes, president of IFKO.

After running their first event in France - the Junior Kitesports Freestyle World Cup - IFKO prepares another one - the Kitefoil Silver Cup GP World Series. But the problem is that IKA and World Sailing don't recognize these events under the official guidelines.

"After consultation with World Sailing, IKA is forced to confirm that riders competing at this event will not be able to register for the upcoming European and World Championships, and the IKA Kitefoil GoldCup events in 2016 due to participation in a World Sailing Prohibited Event," stresses the organization led by Mirco Babini.

As a result, all kiteboarders participating in IFKO competitions will "lose their eligibility as required to compete in the IKA World and Continental Championships."

The noise around the sport of kiteboarding continues, and it doesn't show signs of stopping. Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is taking notes with red ink.

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