Now, ISAF has reversed that decision and dropped Kitesurfing to reinstate Windsurfing!
It is not clear to me why have flip-flopped on this, nor is it clear why both sports cannot be included, which would surely be the best option.
Kitesurfing could be "demonstration sport" at Rio in addition to the well established Windsurfing events.
It would seem that there is lots of "politics" about how international organisations such as the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and International Windsurfing Association (IWA) are going about their business.
I was not intending to compete, but I pity those who have already started training up for the possibility, and buying kiteboarding race gear.
I love kitesurfing for its action, challenge, adrenalin and sometimes the solitude. Sporting governing bodies should be careful they don't intrude on this.
- Windsurfing is back to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games - SurferToday
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- 2012 ISAF Annual Conference Concludes In Dun Laoghaire, Ireland - ISAF World Sailing