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The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) has published the Notice of Race for the four qualification events in which riders have two chances each to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018.

The first of the three continental qualification events will be held in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, from January 15 to 20, 2018 followed by events in Dakhla (Morocco) and Pranburi (Thailand).

Competitors can request entry now for their continental qualification event. As all events have a strict quota of a maximum of 3 riders per country (per gender) and up to a total of 56 riders per continent and gender, entries will only be confirmed after the end of the entry application period in coordination with the IKA full members and World Sailing MNAs.

NCAs, MNAs and competitors are advised to not make any travel arrangements before entries have been confirmed.

Registration for the final world qualification event in Shanwei/China (10 to 15 April 2018) will open shortly, with a quota of maximum 72 competitors per gender.

The Notice of Race contains detailed information about the allocation of quota places.

In each continental qualification event, one boy and one girl (born between 2000 and 2003) per continent qualify for the Youth Olympic Games, and another 4 places per gender will be awarded at the world qualifier event. The host country Argentina has a guaranteed entry in all events, and the IOC will award one more place per gender to a country that has participated in one of the qualification events but missed out closely.

The qualification schedule is as follows:

Venue Dates Qualification Places and Divisions

Dominican Republic

Cabarete

15 – 20 January 2018

1 Boy : North America & Caribbean

1 Girl : North America & Caribbean

1 Boy : Central & South America

1 Girl : Central & South America

Marocco

Dakhla

Dakhla Attitude Lagoon

20 – 25 Feb 2018

1 Boy : Africa

1 Girl : Africa

1 Boy : Europe

1 Girl : Europe

Thailand

Pranburi

Pak Nam Pran

12 – 18 Mar 2018

1 Boy : Asia

1 Girl : Asia

1 Boy : Oceania

1 Girl : Oceania

China

Shanwei

10 – 15 April 2018

4 Boys : World

4 Girls : World

The Notice of Race can be found here: http://twintipracing.com/images/documents/2018_TTR_YOG_Qualifier_Events_NoR_SI.pdf

Entry requests (separate per continent and gender) can be made here: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/events/upcoming-events

For more information about the TwinTip:Racing Class and the Youth Olympic Games format, visit http://twintipracing.com/tt-r-yog-format

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