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4 November 2007, 06:53 pm
Four Sailing Events At Youth Olympic Games
Competitors at this year's Youth Worlds
Competitors at this year's Youth Worlds

Youth Olympic Games 2010

The International Olympic Committee have confirmed their will be four sailing events at the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games, scheduled for 2010.
A total of 100 athletes, aged between 15-16 years, will compete across the four events.

The events are:

One person dinghy men
One person dinghy women
Windsurfing men
Windsurfing women

ISAF Deputy Secretary General Jerome PELS said, "ISAF is delighted that the IOC have confirmed there will be four sailing events and 100 athletes at the first ever Youth Olympic Games. This is a fantastic opportunity for the sport to showcase the depth of sailing talent around the world and a huge inspiration for young people to get involved in sailing."

Format, Courses, Officials

In addition to the details already confirmed by the IOC, ISAF have proposed that the Olympic Format be used: ie. ten scheduled races and a Medal Race final for the top ten competitors. Two races would be held per day with a lay day scheduled midway through the series. Depending on the venue racing would be on slalom courses for the windsurfing events and on trapezoid courses, with a target time of 60 minutes, for the one person dinghy events.

The aim of the IOC is also to get young people involved in the officiating of the Youth Olympic Games. ISAF is fully supportive of this aim and is provisionally suggesting at least 50% of the race officials should be under the age of 30, with a possible 25% of the total number between the ages of 16-18.

The equipment for the four Youth Olympic Games events will be decided by the ISAF Executive Committee.

About The Youth Olympic Games

The IOC decided to launch the Youth Olympic Games at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City in July 2007. Eleven cities have bid to host the first Games in 2010 (click here to see who). The final decision on the host city will be made at the IOC Session in January 2008.

The first Youth Olympic Games will feature all the sports on the programme for the 2012 Olympic Games, but with a more limited number of disciplines and events. It will be limited to 3,200 athletes and 800 officials.
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