Important information for this season is that there is a change in the way in which rankings and titles will be organised. As our sport continues to develop globally and the IKA strives to consolidate things for each discipline and deliver the new Olympic bid for 2020, we have agreed together a change in the title/ranking structure. These changes we understand will also be adopted by our European counterparts the KTE for its next season.
As well as keeping pace with the developments in our sport these changes will also allow us to tailor events differently to suit the sponsorship levels we have, while not losing the points value for the riders taking part. The new approach will further allow us to include and support the national level competitions and series that are beginning to grow around the region, giving riders more opportunities to improve their overall ranking position.
From this season the rankings and titles will be as follows –Asian Championship titles will be awarded to Freestyle, RB Formula Race Class and the TT Race Class. Asian Championship titles are open only to riders who are holders of Asian passports. Asian Freestyle titles will remain tour based and require a minimum of 3 KTA rounds to be awarded. If there are more than 3 rounds then the Freestyle titles will be award at the final Freestyle round of the season. The Asian Championship titles for the RB Formula Race Class and the TT Race Class will be awarded via the IKA Asian Course Race Championship for that season. All KTA open tour titles will be replaced with an Asia Continental Ranking. This will be a continuous rolling system that will show all rider ranking positions at all times. The Asian Continental Ranking is open to riders of all nationalities. All IKA/KTA sanctioned events, national, international or championship will score towards the Asian Continental Ranking.
The KTA of course remains completely open to all riders and with this new system it will also allow us to encompass a wider range of events. The changes also reflect the rising level of Asian riders, as often now for the past couple of seasons the riders taking the Asia and the Open titles have been one and the same people.
Only Open events will not be ranked – open events being those that have non-IKA competitions as the focus of the competition taking place, for example Big Air comps or long-distance racing. We know this might take time to get to grips with fully, but please feel free to talk to us about it at any time.
So that is the update for now and we look forward to seeing you all for the season kick-off in December.
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