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SBD Global/November 12, 2012/Olympics
Windsurfing To Make Olympics Return For 2016 Rio Games
Published November 12, 2012
STRONG LOBBYING: In London, Simon Greaves wrote that the windsurfing industry had "lobbied hard to retain" its established discipline and was victorious when delegates decided to reintroduce RS:X windsurfing for the 2016 Games instead of allowing kiteboard racing to make its Games debut. Britain’s Royal Yachting Association Racing Manager and Performance Dir John Derbyshire said, "This is what the membership of the RYA asked for -- we have a very strong youth pathway and some 10,000 windsurfing members of the RYA, so on their behalf we are delighted with the decision" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 11/11). The PA opined it is "good news for British athletes," including the London 2012 Silver Medalist Nick Dempsey, Beijing 2008 Bronze Medalist Bryony Shaw and "highly rated teenager" Saskia Sills. All three are considered medal contenders for the Rio Games (PA, 11/10).