Verbiage isn't clear as the statement per AWDF is 'use of the stick' but that maybe P.C. Language for stick hits - reinstated.
Statement and link below:
"The AWDF has been informed that in a split vote at the the recent FCI working commission meeting in Sweden, use of the stick at the FCI IPO World Championship was reinstated.
The championship is set for Sept. 9-14, 2014 in Malmö, Sweden."
American Working Dog Federation Home Page