ISAF discuss controversial Kiteboard proposals

The 2012 ISAF Annual Conference in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland continues Sunday with the Development and Youth Committee, Match Racing Committee and Windsurfing and Kiteboarding Committees. These will raise discussion over Windsurfing and Kiteboarding and the many proposals regarding the controversial introduction of Kiteboard racing for Rio 2016. This decision has caused both internal and legal action against ISAF. In New Zealand a row has broken out within the national authority over the change and proposals to challenge the vote at the ISAF conference. After Yachting New Zealand submitted proposals requesting a new vote, their boardsailing coach Dave Robertson declared kitesurfing ready for Rio, insisting criticisms of the fledgling Olympic class were ignorant talk. Seven of New Zealand's 18 Olympic sailing medals have been won on a windsurfer.

Among the proposals to be considered at the ISAF conference is one from the RS:X Associationa and 21 countries - To amend the slate of Olympic equipment for Rio 2016 by replacing kite with RS:X under ISAF Regulation #23.1.3 'c' which states that equipment shall be decided no later than November 2012.

Back in August the International RS:X Class Association Ltd (IRSXCAL) issued a legal challenge to the decision of the ISAF Council to select kiteboarding for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition in the High Court in the UK. In mid October the High Court refused IRSXCAL permission to proceed with its claim against ISAF.

On 30 October 2012, IRSXCAL exercised its right for this decision to be reconsidered by the Court at an oral hearing. ISAF has not yet been notified by IRSXCAL of the grounds on which it is seeking a re-consideration. A date for this hearing to take place will be fixed by the Court within the next eight weeks.