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From the Star Class & Kiteboard Association

Star Class:
The Star class fully supports the ISAF decision-making process and the eventual outcome.
We understand and appreciate many of the challenges ISAF faces in making our sport more attractive to the media and we believe the Star can make unique and valuable contributions in this area.
The Class had a strong delegation in Athens to argue the benefits of keelboats as athletic sport boats and their value to media presentation. There are two arguments that seem most compelling.
First and foremost, keelboats are where many of the heroes of our sport compete. Star Class champions are among the most recognizable names, and excluding them from Olympic competition is denying the media the established stars of the sport.
Second, one of the objectives of the Olympic Commission is to have "diversity of physiques;" yet all of the other boats have very narrow weight ranges. Other than the Finn, all male competitors need to be less than 85 kilos. Over the next several months we'll continue to work closely with ISAF in a positive and constructive manner as we continue to attempt to convince ISAF Council members that keelboats should be represented in the 2016 Olympic Games.
Members are also encouraged to contact their Member National Authority (MNA) officials or ISAF Council members to argue the benefits of including keelboats.
Regardless of the final outcome of the 2016 Olympic event selection process, we will continue to thrive as a class and move forward.
The Star is the premier one-design racing keel boat in the world and for 100 years Star sailors have led the way in advancing the sport of competitive sailing.
Our 2010 European Championship set a class attendance record with 140 entrants.
We possess more talent, resources, and commitment than ever before in our history.

Kiteboard Association:
We surely made a huge step forward at this years ISAF annual conference with regards to kiteboardings participation in the 2016 Olympic Games, however at the moment there are only 2 medals available for 4 possible board sport event which up till now only allow for a limited number of choices...
  • both parties could fight it out in a policy of non-cooperation, which may succeed in the short term but may well come back and bite one later
  • the board sports community comes up with a creative solution and helps ISAF out of the self-created dilemma
ISAF council accepted - probably for the first time the recommendation of its specialists committee and decided provisionally on a slate of events for the 2016 Olympics.
Following the explanations of the Events Committee as well of the Olympic Commission, listing 2 "Board" events for 2016 could mean either the one or the other - or a combination of both.
While setting two of the most attractive events against each other still doesn't look very wise in respect of the requirements of the International Olympic Committees Programme Commission, it is now up to us to "make a plan". So what does this actually mean... ?

Windsurfing is about to lose its permanent ticket in the Summer Olympic Games
Kiteboarding is closer than ever to securing an inaugural place in the Olympics.

The first question that we should ask ourselves is whether we should allow ISAF to pitch the two board sports communities against each other, or if we are able to find a solution that allows both sports to keep its integrity while allowing both participation in the Games.

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