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Kite Racing Shut Out of 2016 Olympics

Photo Toby Bromwich | PKRA Italy 2012

The Annual General Meeting of the International Sailing Federation approved the decision to keep windsurfing in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with 51.3% of the votes, reverting the initial option for kiteboarding.

In one day, the hopes of kiteboarders changed dramatically, as it was feared in the International Kiteboarding Association headquarters. On the 9th November, proposals to re-open the debate did not receive the required 75% of votes from ISAF Council.

The Events and Equipment confirmed the May 2012 decision and Formula Kite would open the way to the “box rule”. Twenty four hours later, as reported by SurferToday.com, things could change and they did. In the morning of the 10th November, kiteboarding was in the Olympic Games. Now, it no longer is. Windsurfing is back to the future, en route to Brazilian waters.

This means that the Rio 2016 Olympic Games set for Brazil will have Men’s RS:X and Women’s RS:X competitions and kiteboarding will not be included.

For the complete story, see http://www.surfertoday.com/windsurfing/8162-windsurfing-is-back-to-the-rio-2016-olympic-games

 

 

 

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