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IKA welcomes foundation of the "Kiteboard Riders United"

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KRU logo 02The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) welcomes the foundation of a riders union to truly represent the riders interests. With the 2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championships starting off next month in El Gouna, Egypt, it is very important to the IKA that there is a true representation of the riders to discuss format, judging and rules development.

One of the key reasons for the termination of the contract with the former PKRA was the protection of riders interests – not only in terms of supporting them to get outstanding prize moneys paid, but also to reverse rule changes in 2015 that did not ensure fair competition. Giving the riders back influence on the development of the sport has top priority.

We invite the interim board of the KRU to get involved immediately to prepare the first round of the 2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championships, similarly as we have invited the industry association GKA to come to a close working relationship to us.

We would also like to extend that there are already considerations underway to amend IKAs governance principles and constitution to allow stronger involvement of other stakeholders; and how to formally include the riders and the industry representatives in the IKA decision making process on the IKA General Assembly and the IKA Executive Committee.

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Registration opens for the first event of the 2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championships

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The 2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championships are underway !

Registration is now open for the first round which will be held in famous El Gouna, Egypt, and offers 50000 Euro overall prizemoney for freestyle and big air, and 1000 points for the winner in each discipline.

Seven rounds are expected to take place to determine the 2016 World Champions in Freestyle, Big Air, Wave and Slalom.

Together with the registration the new IKA World Championships website went online at http://worldkiteleague.com.

 Also the facebook presence has been launched and will provide always up-to-date information to the community.

The event will be held at the new Elements station in El Gouna which provides perfect conditions for both disciplines. Special accomodation and transportation rates are available for riders and will be published shortly.

The next rounds of the 2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championships will be confirmed shortly.

Registration for Round 1 - El Gouna Kiteboarding Grand Slam:Click here

Notice of Race for the 2016 IKA World Championships:Click here

2016 IKA Kiteboarding World Championships Website:Click here

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Statement regarding participation in IFKO championship events

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ifkoParticipation in IFKO events likely to prevent the ability of riders to participate in any IKA events, including the IKA World Championships in Freestyle, Big Air, Wave, and Foil Racing.

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has been informed by the CEO of World Sailing (WS, formerly ISAF), that WS has requested IFKO ("International Federation of Kitesports Organisations") to immediately remove and furthermore cease to publish or promote any information which makes a claim in terms of its relationship with the IOC and its plans for the sport of Kiteboarding.

World Sailing has ascertained that IFKO is not currently a member of SportAccord and therefore has no formal recognition. A prerequisite of membership of this body is that the applicants sport is different from any sport that is governed by a current SportAccord member. World Sailing is a current SportAccord member, it is therefore unlikely that IFKO will be granted membership and World Sailing is currently waiting for confirmation of this by SportAccord.

World Sailing has also instructed IFKO that World Sailing's approval is required for any event that is described as a 'World Championship' or 'World Cup' or indeed uses the word "World" in the title of the event and this approval extends to all Kiteboarding events using World Sailing rules and regulations.

Such events that are run in contravention of World Sailing rules and regulations will be listed as prohibited events that can seriously affect the eligibility of riders to compete in other World Sailing events requiring World Sailing Eligibility, namely World and Continental Championships of all IKA classes (including the IKA Kiteboarding World Championships in Freestyle, Big Air and Wave, the IKA KiteFoil GoldCup and the IKA Racing World Championships), the Sailing World Cup, the Youth Olympic Games, and the Olympic Games.

We regret that IFKO does not comply with world wide recognized principles for the recognition of International Federations. It is IKA's responsibility to make all riders aware of the risk they will take when participating in IFKO events, namely not being able to compete in IKA sanctioned events of all disciplines, and World Sailings events. The same extends to event officials, be it race directors, jury and judges.

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