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Windsurfing Might Be Part of the 2016 Olympics After All

Good news for the entire windsurfing community. The The Hong Kong Windsurfing Association has stated that there are raising hopes that windsurfing will be part of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. According to Dennis Chau Wai-Keung, HKWA executive director, "This is a good sign for us because the executive committee has softened its stance and is now willing to discuss it. […]Whether they want to keep windsurfing in either men's or women's or make it a mixed event for both genders, it seems to me the two classes are looking for a compromise. "

The hopes are increasing after the Executive Committee of the International Sailing Federation considers changing some of the kiteboarding regulations over the next month, opening the doors to the inclusion of Windsurfing in the prestigious event.

At least one windsurfing class should be present in Rio. The new rules might keep the Men's kiteboarding competition and add a mixed Men/Women RS:X windsurfing regatta. However, Chau states that this is a temporary solution: "This is a temporary solution, I would say, as both kiteboarding and windsurfing can compete in Rio but the issue will not finish there and I can foresee a lot more power struggles between the two classes in future."

We are waiting to see what ISAF’s official point of view is before jumping to any conclusions, but we hope to see both kiteboarders and windsurfers in Rio in 2016.