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US Sailing backs kiteboarding as Olympic sport

Replacing windsurfing with kiteboarding as an Olympic sport after the 2012 Olympic Games in London was a controversial decision, but a good one.

That’s according to Dean Brenner, a US Sailing board member and chairman of the Olympic Sailing Committee, who wrote a first-person press release Wednesday defending the move, saying it ultimately will benefit the sailing industry.

Every four years, difficult choices about Olympic sailing events leave part of the sailing community frustrated, Brenner wrote.

But the committee believes kiteboarding will benefit the sport of sailing worldwide because it is exciting and rapidly growing, it requires minimal infrastructure, there is potential to invite new countries to the sport of Olympic sailing, it’s a better spectator sport and there have been major advancements in safety.

Click here for the full release.

Click here for a British news report on the decision.

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