Venezuela and Neil Pryde defend windsurfing in the 2016 Olympic Games

May 15, 2012 | Windsurfing
RS:X Windsurfing: still battling for gold in Rio 2016

The Venezuelan Sailing Federation has expressed its disagreement with the vote and decision made by Teresa Lara, their representative in the ISAF, so that kiteboarding makes it to the 2016 Olympic Games, instead of windsurfing.

The official statement criticizes Lara for changing the overall position made by the Venezuelan Sailing Federation. "The Venezuelan government has invested time and money in preparing the class and as a result, our athlete Daniel Flores has classified for London 2012".

After Spain and Israel, Venezuela promises to add another fire to controversial decision to drop RS:X windsurfing class from Rio de Janeiro. The official equipment supplier Neil Pryde has also stepped in to criticize the entire film.

"ISAF is represented by all member countries and most come from the yacht brigade. What they have done is to safeguard their narrow interests and sacrificed windsurfing. What they don't realize is the whole sport of sailing is in danger of being kicked out of the Olympics", said the founder of the wind sports brand.

"From a business perspective it doesn't impact me as I will continue to provide the sailing equipment. But from a personal point of view, I think it is a terrible decision for the sport of sailing as a whole. It's an absolute disgrace."

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