Olympic Sailing Course - How does this sort of thing happen?

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  1. Capn Mud
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    Taken from this forum http://livesaildie.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=1116


    Surely the ISAF checked out the venue and OKed it right?????????
     

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    they need a desert racer with huge floaty tires....:D (its the future)
     
  3. Landlubber
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    One word my friends "China".

    Couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery!
     
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    Perhaps a series of races for foilers would help.With the light winds the foils ought to be at enough depth to rearrange the vegetation.;-)
     
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    I am interested to see what will happen during the Olympic sailing events. Qingdao is known for having very little wind, specially in summer.
    I never understood why the made the choice for Qingdao. Xiamen or Hong Kong would have been much better for sailing.
     
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    Conspiracy Theory

    A conspiracy theory might be that they would be happy to drop sailing from the Olympics because it is perceived as not very spectator friendly. And a light wind, weed infested course will certainly keep them away in droves I would think.

    Light winds also make the results more of a lottery than a competition. And this is meant to be the pinnacle world sporting event? Conspiracy or no it is not good IMHO.

    Colour me disgusted.
     
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    The problem with China is that they have a tendency not to listen to good advice, nor learn from other's mistakes.
    It's like my taxi driver yesterday here in Shanghai. I point to the right side of the road and tell him to stop, and the first thing he does is taking the left lane. :rolleyes:
     
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    gggGuest ...

    What makes you think ISAF had any choice or influence in the venue decisions at all?
     
  9. Capn Mud
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    Because they are the world body.......

    FINA organises world swimming and has considerable input to the Olympics swimming.
    FIFA organises world soccer and ditto...
    ATP organises would tennis and ditto....
     
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    I feel so sorry for those sailors that have trained so hard so long, it would be a crying shame if the winner is the lightest crew that can drift around the course.
     
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    So what. Have you *ever* heard of any venue for any Olympic event being changed from the original bid location as a result of pressure from the World body? Its scarcely the first real turkey of a venue: think of Atlanta.

    I imagine the discussion goes something like this...
    "We don't think Qindao is a very good venue for sailing"
    "Qingdao or nothing - make your choice."
    "In that case Qingdao sounds OK..."
     

  12. Capn Mud
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    Stubornly refusing to conced the point

    Perhaps you are right - though it shouldnt be that way.

    I believe that FINA and other world bodies have a fair bit of influence regarding their venues, schedules etc etc because in effect they supply the athletes. World body not happy = athletes wont come = no Games...

    Possibly sailing doesnt have this kind of influence though - who apart from people like us would care if it was dropped from the Olympics?
     
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