Kiteboarding! No, Windsurfing!! Olympics Feud Over Niche Wind SportsBy Michael Frank on November 13th, 2012
In May, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) seemed to be dumping its old wrinkled spouse for a trophy partner when it punted windsurfing out of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and dropped in kiteboarding. “Kiteboarding has proven to us that it is…a fantastic addition to the sailing program for the 2016 Olympic Games,” ISAF’s President Göran Petersson enthusiastically said at the time. But windsurfers (all three of them?) fought back with a legal appeal in London. Now suddenly, ISAF has reversed itself, welcoming windsurfing back. But instead of copping to the legal pressure, the organization claims the initial ruling was the result of a bungled translation that left Israeli and Spanish delegates confused about what they were voting on. Lost in translation? Seriously? Via BBC.
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