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18 July 2001, 11:54 am
ISAF Congratulates Beijing.
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2008 Olympic Games

ISAF President, Paul Henderson, shares his thoughts on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
ISAF is looking forward to the 2008 Games in Beijing with the Sailing Competition in Qingdoa.

It will provide a unique experience for all athletes held in an exciting city on the Pacific Ocean.

However, ISAF will ask the IOC to consider moving the dates of the Games from the now scheduled end of July proposal to the end of September. Both Tokyo in 1964 and Seoul in 1988 held the Games in September to avoid the Monsoon/Typhoon season coupled with the intense heat and rain they bring. It is sincerely hoped that the new IOC Executive Board will address this serious problem immediately.

We are all looking forward with great anticipation to opening up a new world to our beloved sport of sailing and exposing our sailors to the intriguing culture of China.

Paul Henderson/ISAF Secretariat
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