Women's match racing could get rejected from Olympics

49ers and Solings wait to see if they live to fight another Games

Wednesday November 8th 2000, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
Women’s match racing could be turfed out of the Olympics before it has even been accepted, according to the latest feedback from the ISAF meeting in Edinburgh. A perceived lack of interest in this part of the sport could mean that it is not ratified for the Athens Games in 2004, meaning that the two classes currently most under threat - the Soling and the 49er - could be granted a reprieve.
Before Edinburgh, most pundits had predicted the men’s 470 would get the chop, but in a secret ballot of the Events Committee on Tuesday to select three out of the existing four men’s dinghy classes, the voting went as follows: the Laser won 19 votes, the 470 16, the Finn 13 and the 49er came last with nine votes.

But under a different ‘slate’ of sailing categories, the votes came down on which keelboat was favoured for retention in the Olympic line-up. This time the voting went 11-8 in favour of keeping the Star over the Soling.

But like the elections for the US Presidency, the situation is just too close to call and all bets are off until the ISAF Council’s final decision on Friday, when we will know once and for all which classes will be represented at the next Olympics.

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