Lake Garda to Host World Windsurfing Championships 2019
19th October, 2017
In a recent announcement by the Olympic Board, RS: X, Circle Surf Torbole Lake Garda was announced as the official host of the 2019 World Championships.
"The RS: X 2019 World Championships have been awarded to Lake Garda, Torbole! Two classic windsurfing venues will make some awesome events! Thanks also to Sochi (Russia) and Tianjin (China) for putting bids in and we hope we can visit you in the future! ".
Awarded the championships in the pre-Olympic year, this is great news for the region as it is normally one of the most sort-after events in the calendar. The international sailing competition, held every year since 1980, is organized by the ISAF. With the 2017 edition of the competition held in Japan, the current Olympic board, the RS: X class, announced the location of the 2019 World Championships straight from the event.
The President of Circolo Surf Torbole, Armando Bronzetti, stated that: “after the RS:X Youth World Championships that we have organized this year, we have now succeeded in bringing the RS:X Worlds again to Torbole, to Garda Trentino!”
This won’t be the first time that Circolo Surf Torbole has held the event, with the windsurfing championships first being held in the region in 2006. This came after the change of Olympic boards, from Mistral One Design to RS:X after the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Speaking about the last time Lake Garda held the event, Bronzetti says “It was eleven years ago, and we saw the brilliant return to races of Alessandra Sensini, after the Athens Olympic silver medal, with the very first gold medal of the new RS:X Olympic board history".
This news is fantastic for Alessandra Sensini, winner of four Olympic medals, as the 2006 instalment of the event was her first gold medal win. Now, Sensini is the current Technical Director FIV (Italian Sailing Federation) youth team and CONI Vice President (Italian Olympic Committee). She reflected on her 2006 win, saying: "The one of 2006, was the victory that I care about the most because it was played at home, just in front of my fans, my friends and Italian journalists. It was a special victory because winning at home is always difficult: there's always a lot of pressure. After 13 years, although in a different dress, it will be a pleasure for me to come back to Torbole for another RS:X World Championship. For our athletes: they will have to try to make the most of this great opportunity. We are now at the top of world rankings, both for males and females, so this Championship - only one year before Tokyo Olympic Games - will be a wonderful chance to show themselves".
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