The reconstituted Asian Sailing Federation (ASAF) will table a submission at the ISAF annual conference in November, in favour of the reinstatement of windsurfing at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Member federations will also table individual submissions. ASAF's decision to back windsurfing was made at its extraordinary general meeting in Singapore last Saturday.
Windsurfing was omitted in favour of kiteboarding for the 2016 Games at an ISAF council meeting in early May, leading to many protests worldwide.
"Singapore tabled the windsurfing issue and Hong Kong provided strong and objective data to support windsurfing's case at the meeting. All the Asian countries were unanimous in their support for windsurfing. ASAF will make a unified submission for the ISAF meeting in November, with member federations making individual submissions in support as well." Said Singapore Sailing Federation president Dr Ben Tan.
"I am optimistic that Isaf will be sensible enough to reverse the decision in favour of windsurfing, as the class meets all of the International Olympic Commitee requirements to be an Olympic sport," added Dr Tan.
US Windsurfing has put together a website to inform US Sailing in advance of a teleconference call during which they will put the case for windsurfing and highlight the factual inaccuracies in that the technical report to ISA prepared by the IKA.
7 July 2012 9:25