Speaking after the annoucement, ISAF President Göran PETERSSON commented, 'I am of course very pleased for sailing. Sailing is a global sport and the participation and number of nations achieving medals in the Olympic Sailing Competition reflects the global spread. However, sailing must continue to enhance itself as an Olympic sport.'
In four years' time, the IOC will again review the sports on the Olympic Programme for the 2016 Olympic Games.
After the initial vote to determine the sports remaining on the Olympic programme, the IOC Executive Board reconvened to decide whether any of the five candidate sports (Roller Sports, World Squash, Golf, Karate or Rugby) should be put forward to the Session, who will then vote on whether the sport(s) could be added to the list of Olympic sports and then potentially be included on the programme of the 2012 Games. World Squash and Karate were shortlisted for consideration on the 2012 Programme, but when it came to the final vote to include the sports neither received the required 75% votes. Therefore the Sports Programme for the 2012 Programme will consist of 26 sports.
Sailing has been on the Olympic Programme since 1900, and is one of the oldest sports in the Olympic movement.