Il kitesurf alle Olimpiadi

San Pietroburgo – Giunge da San Pietroburgo la notizia relativa la scelta delle Classi Olimpiche per i Giochi di Rio de Janeiro del 2016. Dopo oltre tre ore di dibattito gestito dal presidente ISAF, Goran Petterson, i delegati intervenuti al Mid-Year Meeting hanno deliberato l’estromissione della Star dal novero delle Classi a cinque cerchi, la conferma del 470 nelle versioni maschile e femminile, l’introduzione del kitesurf (il windsurf spera di sopravvivere visto che la tavola deve essere ancora decisa) e la reintroduzione del multiscafo, che avrà la peculiarità di essere portato da un equipaggio misto. Uscirà di scena dopo una sola edizione dei Giochi – Londra 2012 – il match race femminile, sostituito da uno skiff femminile, ancora da definire.

Al tirar delle somme, le Classi selezionate per i Giochi di Rio de Janeiro sono:
Kitesurf/Windsurf maschile – attrezzatura da definire
Kitesurf/Windsurf femminile – attrezzatura da definire
Singolo leggero maschile – Laser
Singolo leggero femminile – Laser Radial
Singolo pesante maschile – Finn
Skiff maschile – 49er
Skiff femminile – attrezzatura da definire
Doppio maschile – 470
Doppio femminile – 470
Multiscafo doppio misto – attrezzatura da definire

La votazione
Nel novembre 2010 una lista provvisoria delle Classi Olimpiche era stata definita dal Council dell’ISAF. Da allora, la Federvela internazionale ha ricevuto più di cinquanta proposte alternative urgenti. Per giungere alla definizione degli eventi per i Giochi di Rio è stato utilizzato un sistema a doppia votazione, analogo a quello che il Comitato Olimpico Internazionale utilizza per scegliere le sedi dei Giochi Olimpici.

A San Pietroburgo, dopo la prima votazione, erano rimaste in ballo sette proposte. La tensione, raccontano alcuni delegati, è stata palpabile per tutta la durata della votazione decisiva.

Altre decisioni assunte nel corso del Mid-Year Meeting
– decisioni relative ai Giochi del 2020 saranno prese nel corso della conferenza annuale del prossimo novembre;
– i 29er hanno ottenuto il riconoscimento di Classe Internazionale;
– definite le Classi per i Giochi Giovanili del 2014: tavola a vela per ambo i sessi, singolo leggero per ambo i sessi;
– prosecuzione dei campionati mondiali Classi Olimpiche;
– varo di un nuovo sistema di calcolo delle Ranking List a partire dal 2013.

L’articolo in lingua Originale

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has confirmed the ten events for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition at 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia.

ISAF President Göran Petersson led the ISAF Council in more than three hours of debate and discussion before the ten events were decided. Over 50 Submissions were received for consideration following the changes to the process for selecting events and equipment that was agreed in November 2010.

The ten events selected by the ISAF Council for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition are:

Men’s Board and/or Kiteboard – evaluation *
Women’s Board and/or Kiteboard – evaluation *
Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser
Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Men’s 2nd One Person Dinghy – Finn
Men’s Skiff – 49er
Women’s Skiff – Evaluation
Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Mixed Two Person Multihull – Evaluation

* Note: our understanding of submission of submission M10-11 is, that RS:X is selected as windsurfing equipment and there will be an evaluation of the kiteboarding part of the event. Additional note: the comments from the chairman of the events committee aimed in the direction that AND is the preferred option to chose.

Whats next ?
Mens and womens Windsurfer and/or Kiteboard – evaluation. This means that in the next stage equipment (both kiteboarding and windsurfing) will be evaluated for suitability in the Olympic Games. At the same time there will be a format evaluation, both about competition formats as course racing or kitecross/slalom and the possibility for combined events of either teams consisting of a windsurfer and a kiteboarder or teams of a male and a female competitor in each discipline, for one nations medal respectively. The preferred option of the boards community is to have both sports in the Games rather than taking the risk of one in – one out. But this is up to the evaluation commission now which will very soon publish details on the evaluation process, and request additional information about formats and equipment.

The Vote
In November 2010, a provisional list of Events and Equipment (“the slate”) was agreed by the ISAF Council. Since then, ISAF received over 50 Urgent Submissions which proposed alternative slates. A two-stage voting process, similar to that used by the IOC when choosing a host city for the Olympic Games, was used to decide the final list.

After the first stage, seven Submissions went through to the second stage of voting. There was a palpable sense of tension in the meeting room as the Council awaited the results of the second stage.

About the ISAF Council
The ISAF Council is the final decision making body of ISAF. It is chaired by the President who was elected along with seven Vice-Presidents for a four year term in 2008. The Council also includes the other members of the Executive Committee, Presidents of Honour and a Treasurer (all non-voting). There are also 29 appointed members who represent each of the regional gropus of sailing nations, and representatives of the Oceanic and Offshore Committee, the ISAF Classes Committee, the Women’s Forum and the Athlete’s Commission (non-voting).

At the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference, Council agreed that the process for selecting the Olympic Events and Equipment should be changed and approved new Regulation 23.

The report from the Olympic Commission recommended the change as a way to better serve the ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) and sailors and to provide greater continuity for the sport between Olympic Games’ and create a system for Equipment evolution.

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