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Windsurfing Restored to 2016 Olympics

Sorry, still no kiteboarding

It was gone, then it was still gone, and now it’s back. Windsurfing, an Olympic event since 1984, will remain part of the 2016 Olympic program despite multiple group votes in favor of replacing it with kiteboarding. In May, the International Sailing Federation council voted to introduce kiteboarding in the Rio de Janeiro Games and to remove windsurfing. The decision was then reaffirmed by the ISAF council in another vote this past Friday. However, on Saturday, the decision was overruled by the ISAF general assembly in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, as they voted in favor of reinstating windsurfing. Some officials blamed the original decision on ambiguous language translation, which confused certain representatives as to which sport they were actually voting for. The Spanish Sailing Federation, for example, has since admitted that its representative voted for kiteboarding by accident.

Via BBC

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