Looking ahead to 2012

We speak to Rob Andrews in his new position as London 2012 Organising Committee’s Sport Competition Manager for Sailing
Back in May of this year the news was circulated that Rob Andrews would be standing down in his position of Sailing Competition Manager at the RYA – with the role going to David Campbell-James – to take up the position of London 2012 Organising Committee’s Sport Competition Manager for Sailing in the run up to the 2012 Olympics. His new position at the London Organising Committee of the London Games (LOCOG) is actually still rather new to Andrews, having only officially begun the job at the start of October. However, his appointment to the position happened well before this and he spent the whole of the Olympic Games this year in China as an observer, thinking through what sort of event could be delivered in Weymouth and Portland in 2012. Obviously, with so many different organisations and federations having a say in what goes on at the Olympic Games the role of LOCOG could seem to be a tricky one from the outside. Andrews describes his role in a very simple form. “Essentially the job of the LOCOG is to deliver the Olympics to ISAF and the IOC and my role is to be the voice for sailing within LOCOG,” he explains. Given their role of simply delivering this one Olympic Games, LOGOG has to have a very reactive set-up. When ISAF or the IOC make a decision that could affect some stage of the Olympic planning process, LOCOG must react to this and ensure it does not prevent their overall delivery, though Andrews is keen to point out that they have very strong links with both organisations. One of the areas, where large, wholesale change may be on the way in the coming months, for example, will be the ISAF Annual Conference in November. “We are waiting for the