The landlocked nation of Kosovo has become the latest ISAF Member National Authority with their aim to have Kosovan sailors at the ISAF Youth Worlds, ISAF Worlds and maybe even the Olympic Games in years to come.
With sailing a relatively new experience for the Kosovan people Rilind Reka, President of Kosovo Sailing, has had a few obstacles to overcome. Reka said, "The general idea of sailing was there all the time, what was an obstacle was that not all the people understand or have knowledge of sailing. So the main hurdle was creating a general idea of how sailing in Kosovo can perform."
With a four year action plan, the first priority for the Kosovan Sailing Federation is to promote the sport, as they put it, 'in its most perfect way' and with plans for a public relations department they are tackling it in the correct manner. Reka said, "Sailing in Kosovo is quite new, what we discovered was that sailing can offer a good quality getaway time from everyday life whilst enjoying a nice and different sailing day.
"The KSF PR department will focus to develop the corporate and individual sailing, by creating and supporting selected social events where our services will be presented."
Following the initial stages of promotion KSF will then develop to focus on Olympic classes and individual teams. Reka said, "At the moment we prefer to use the federations Laser 4.7 boats in order to give the newcomers a feeling what sailing is about. But we are hoping that due to our development strategies a Kosovan sailor or sailing team will represent us in the near future at the ISAF Youth Worlds, ISAF Worlds or Olympic Games."
The final priority set out by KSF is to grow their network in their region and beyond. And with inclusion into the ISAF family and with good plans in place we may see the Kosovan flag flying sooner than you thought.
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