08/02/2012 08:53 EDT | Updated 10/02/2012 05:12 EDT

Sailing federation shocked at legal action by windsurfing group

WEYMOUTH, England - The International Sailing Federation said it was shocked that the International RS:X Class Association took legal action in response to a decision to drop windsurfing from the sailing competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

In May, kiteboarding was selected to replace windsurfing in Rio.

ISAF said in a statement that the decision was made democratically, and the group was stunned that an international class would even consider legal action against the world governing body.

"Initiating legal action in the middle of the Olympic Games might damage not only the performance of the affected sailors but also the reputation of sailing in general," ISAF said.

The RS:X class filed a request with the High Court in London for a judicial review of the vote to toss windsurfing from the games.