Windsurfers and kiteboarders fight for Olympic ticket

November 11, 2010 | Windsurfing

RS:X Class: still competing in Rio de Janeiro 2016?

Windsurfers and kiteboarders are in the middle of a silent fight.

Not that they wanted to be in this position, but following the last ISAF recommendations, there may be only one ticket for one place in the 2016 Olympic Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The question is simple. The ISAF Events Committee’s recommendation on the provisional Olympic events and equipment for 2016 has set what may happen:

"Board or kite-board for men and women - equipment evaluation".

The word "or" is quite clear. So, things might be seen through two different lenses: windsurfing is about to lose its permanent ticket in the Summer Olympic Games "or" kiteboarding is closer than ever to securing an inaugural place in the Olympics.

Now, it may all be a question of lobbying. The International Windsurfing Association (IWA) and the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) will be playing their cards to the last decisive moment.

But, in the aftermath of this silent war, ISAF should do a bit more to get both classes in the main stage of world sports.

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