The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirmed the inclusion of six new events on the programme of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014. They are ski half-pipe (men and women), women’s ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team event and luge team relay.
Interestingly, two out of the six events (ski half pipe) are "new generation" events, attractive to the ever growing number of "generation facebook" athletes and spectators, which the IOC is very interested to attract.
Even more interesting is, that 50 % of the newly added events are team or relay events, just as the IKA has proposed as a possible format for board sports in case there are only two sailing medals available for both kiteboarders and windsurfers.
The Biathlon mixed relay forms national teams including both genders, the Luge team relay even includes a male, a female and a double seater, which are started though a gate mechanism once hte first starter reaches the finish. Something that shouldn't be too hard to implement for boats and boards as well.
The key positive factors for adding new events and thus granting additional medals included whether the changes would increase universality, gender equity and youth appeal, and, in general, add value to the Games. Other considerations included the cost of infrastructure, and the impact on the overall quota and the number of events.
Once again kiteboarding is ticking all boxes here:
We encourage ISAF to request another set of medals from the IOC to allow both board sports, kiteboarding as well as windsurfing, to be represented in the Olympic Games.