We’re really happy to hear that young kite boarders from all over the world will now be able to compete in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires. The ISAF Executive Committee recently confirm during its 2015 midyear meeting of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF.) This is a great move for youth kite boarders as before now kiteboarding was not included in the Olympic Games altogether. And marks a serious milestone in ISAFs current bid to have kiteboarding included in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Potentially Included at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
More specifically the 2018 Youth Olympic Games will feature one event for the best 12 male and best 12 female youth kite boarders from all over the world between the ages of 15 and 18. Another first in an Olympic Games Sailing Competition, both male and female kite boarders will be able to participate while representing the same country. President of the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) recently stated: “This is an important development in our Olympic journey and we are excited that young kite boarders will be given the first opportunity to showcase their talent at the 2018 Youth Olympics. Young athletes now have a serious goal to strive for, and as many of our top sailors will be in the right age range for the Youth Olympics, we are sure that the highest performance will be guaranteed. This is going to be a terrific event for both competitors and spectators alike.” What’s more, for the first time, the Youth Olympic 2018 event will showcase kiteboarding formats and equipment that may potentially go on to be accepted for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
IKA Formula Kite: Officially Accepted by the 2018 Youth Olympic Games
We’re excited to see that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is showing interest in universality, particularly on the Asian and African front. And in an effort to ease themselves into the world of kiteboarding, the IOC has selected the IKA Formula Kite as the officially accepted kiteboard of the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games. The CEO of IKA, Markus Schwendtner says, “Formula Kite provides a stable equipment platform across the world. Even in the lightest wind conditions, we can showcase high performance sailing and display the sport at its best. Twin Top Racing remains our grassroots racing equipment, and we continue to race hydrofoils experimentally without equipment limitations.”