Surfing, canoeing go to court over stand up paddle dispute
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The governing bodies of surfing and canoeing will go to court for control of stand up paddle boarding, a sport that is seen as a future candidate for the Olympic program.
The International Surfing Association says the Court of Arbitration for Sport has been asked to mediate in its dispute with the International Canoe Federation. No timetable for a ruling was suggested.
Stand up paddle blends elements of surfing and kayaking. Athletes stand on a board and generate speed by powering a paddle through the water.
The dispute continues a trend of established Olympic sports bodies seeking control of newer, youth-focused disciplines.
The world gymnastics body has been trying to incorporate parkour, which combines running, climbing and acrobatics across urban architecture.