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Windsurfing will return for 2016 Olympic Games

Published on Nov 11, 2012 7:26 AM
 
A windsurfer surfs on North Sea waves at the coast of Sylt, Germany, on Oct 3, 2012. The World Cup ends on Oct 7, 2012.Windsurfing has reclaimed its place in the Olympic programme after the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) voted on Saturday to reinstate it at the expense of kiteboarding. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LONDON (REUTERS) - Windsurfing has reclaimed its place in the Olympic programme after the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) voted on Saturday to reinstate it at the expense of kiteboarding.

The ISAF decided to retain men's and women's windsurfing at the governing body's annual general meeting in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

The vote reversed the organisation's surprise move in May to drop windsurfing in favour of kiteboarding at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The ISAF at the time described the move as a "fantastic addition" but windsurfing federations vowed to pressure sailing chiefs to reinstate the discipline.

 
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