Decision means windsurfing will take place at Rio Olympics

Last Updated: 10/11/12 9:40pm

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Nick Dempsey on his way to silver in London

Nick Dempsey on his way to silver in London

The International Sailing Federation has decided to retain windsurfing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The plan had been to ditch the discipline for Rio and replace it with kiteboarding, but the ISAF has opted to overturn their previous decision.

That is good news for British athletes including London 2012 silver medallist Nick Dempsey, Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Bryony Shaw and highly-rated teenager Saskia Sills.

All three are considered medal contenders for the Games in Brazil.

The Royal Yachting Association have been among those campaigning for windsurfing, and RYA performance director John Derbyshire said: "This is what the membership of the RYA asked for - we have a very strong youth pathway and some 10,000 windsurfing members of the RYA, so on their behalf we are delighted with the decision.

"We obviously have great compassion towards the kiteboarding community, with whom we have been working very closely, and I am sure that they will continue to work very closely with both the RYA and ISAF families with a view to gaining inclusion for the discipline in future Olympic Games.

"We can now look forward to preparing for Rio 2016 with the clarity that this decision brings."

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