Rio 2016: Windsurfing or kitesurfing?
This way and than that way. While the preparation oft he Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro there was a slugfest between wundsurfing an kitesurfing. Now it’s clear which one will be an olympic discipline.
When the general assembly of the World Sailing Association is declaring something, there is always a drawback for one party.
Last year, the ISAF decided that the traditional disciplin of windsurfing has to the yield to the trend sports of kitesurfing – and that just fort he olympic games in 2016.
Comprehensible: The windsurfer weren’t able to accept this decision, this disciplin just is olympic since 1984. So the athletesspoke to the public and fighted in a petition against the decsision. The greatest anger was not because of the consideration to make kitesurfing an olympic disciplin. There was a lack of understanding of why even windsuring had to be replaced.
Back in the present: The windsurfer were lucky. The admission of kitesurfing was retracted. The wished compromise oft he windsurferst o absorb both sports has been ignored.
Finally the tradition stays at the olympic games and the trend sports in a niche – you can think about this decision the way you want.
Picture Source: Evernine / Lenz Noelkel
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Olympic Games in Rio? A fantastic event this year! But why can’t there be a place for both kitesrufer and windsurfer? The tradition wins which is anyway a joy for the one side.