RS:X: will the windsurfing class survive Tokyo 2020? | Photo: RS:X

The executive committee of the RS:X is "disappointed" with World Sailing's decision to retain the windsurfing class for Paris 2024.

On May 19, the World Sailing Council voted against the Board of Directors' recommendation to maintain RS:X as the Olympic windsurfing class for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

"The recommendation was pretty much aligned with the RS:X class desire for stability and growth, in a time of instability within the sport," notes the organization led by Carlo Dalla Vedova.

"We were planning a manageable change of equipment over the next nine years with a minimum amount of disruption, and without undermining the investment made all the countries that support the class."

Vedova stresses that the RS:X class has been working hard to promote the sport in new nations and focusing on female participation.

"Since 2016, 63 countries have already competed in RS:X fleets making it the most accessible windsurfing class in terms of facilities required for participation," the president of the RS:X executive committee.

Carlo Dalla Vedova and his team believe that the RS:X is "one of the most affordable Olympic classes to date."

Finally, the RS:X representatives confirm that they are open to collaborative discussion on the selection of the windsurfing equipment for Paris 2024.

The longest-serving Olympic windsurfing class wants a transparent debate between all key industry players, as long as it doesn't involve "personal, and/or pure business speculation."

The RS:X windsurfing class is will make its fourth appearance at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

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