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ISAF meeting to decide Olympic makeup : the lunatics move to take over the asylum?

(full article: http://www.sail-world.com/NZ/index.cfm?SEID=0&Nid=83090&SRCID=0&ntid=118...)
The complete Events slate that was developed by the ISAF’s Events Committee was put to the Council and passed by a narrow two vote margin. The logic being that the Council accepted while that the Events slate had flaws, however it would rather see the reaction from member countries before final sign-off. More consensus.

The ISAF’s dropping of the multihull for the 2012 Olympics, was not well received, and looks set to be righted in 2016.

After an initial deafening silence the lunatics moved to take over the asylum, and the reaction was a massive 65 submissions from classes and National Authorities to the Mid-Year Meeting which gets underway on 4 May in St Petersburg, Russia.

Most of those submissions are geared to the vexed issue of Olympic Events, and in not leading the decision process in the way they did leading up to November 2010, the ISAF Executive and Council have laid themselves open to the old games of politics and self-preservation that have so beleaguered the sport.

Only one of those submissions, for instance creates a way for the spectacular and attention grabbing foiling Moth to be selected as an Olympic Class – in a new Mens High Performance Singlehander event.

Most would reverse the ISAF up the path of choosing new Event names, but locking in many existing classes – and then orientating Events around those classes.

The nonsense of bracketing Windsurfing with Kiteboarding remains to be resolved.

What to do?

Part 2 tomorrow ...

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