I am not their cheerleader. I just know riders, tour organizers, event organizers and IKA. I have info from all, and put my puzzle together. I also have my opinion about where I think the sport should go.
And facts I know I put online, also some parts of my opinion, but the majority of what is speculation I keep to myself to not start any gossip, because that is what it is until it becomes a fact.
Fact is: for 2010 there is only one world tour in the IKA, which is PKRA. Since only a world tour can have an official world champion, which is member of the IKA, only the PKRA can have an official world champion. This also means, that KPWT cannot announce an official world champion for 2010.
So, there will only be one official world champion for each disciplines (not two different freestyle champs like now in 2009).
Some people may think now, why the IKA, PKRA could done this alone?
Fact is: PKRA is a business, so they will decide buisness wise, and not for the riders, if a decision has to be made.
IKA is for the riders, this means, now the riders will have more power and things will be doen their way. Which is good, since now the IKA can focus on the riders and the structure of events, while the tour(s) can focus on the business side. e.g. the IKA will send judges, and also train them out of the money, the IKA receives as sanctioning fees. There will be a pool of trained judges, who can be sent to events around the world, national and international events. The quality of the judging will stay the same. If you have been to many different events, you would know, that this is a big problem currently...
Well, these are facts, and if my opinion is of any interest for you, all this sounds good to me, therefore I am looking forward to 2010, since it will bring the sport further in its development for events.