Barbara Kendall, a New Zealand Olympic windsurfing champion, believes that kiteboarding "belongs at the X Games", after the sport replaced windsurfing in the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro.
Kendall confessed she was shocked after hearing that the ISAF Council had changed their votes in favour of kiteboarding. Windsurfing has been part of the Olympic movement since 1984 and will be showcasing in London 2012, for the last time.
"It is exciting for kiteboarding but tragic for boardsailing. Kiteboarding really is a sport that should be at the X Games. It's more of an extreme sort of recreational sport and the judging is just so subjective because it involves tricks and other stunts that are a feature of the X Games", explains Barbara Kendall.
"The IOC has said it wants to move away from that sort of sport and judging and boardsailing also ticks all the gender and demographic boxes. So I was very surprised by the news and I guess they have bowed to pressure to modernise. While that is good I do not think kiteboarding is the answer", add the winner gold, silver and bronze medals in three Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, kiteboarders defend their victory and a very hot debate is underway.
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