ISAF ‘extremely disappointed’ by Legal Challenge to Windsurfing Decision

August 2, 2012

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) says it is “extremely disappointed” by the legal challenge made by the International RS:X Class Association against its decision to drop windsurfing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The sport’s world governing body announced in May that the class would be replaced by kiteboarding after London 2012.

The decision was met by surprise and frustration within the windsurfing fraternity and has been challenged by the International RS:X Class Association.

ISAF said in a statement on Thursday.

“ISAF intends to fully defend the decision of the ISAF council.

“ISAF expects the normal submission process to be used in order to ask council to reconsider its decisions and therefore ISAF is extremely disappointed that this course of action has been taken.

“Initiating legal action in the middle of the Olympic Games might damage not only the performance of the affected sailors but also the reputation of sailing in general.”