ISAF is aware of the proposals recently made by the Olympic Programme Commission that sailing should reduce the number of events in the Olympic Games.
At this stage, it should be noted that this is a recommendation from the Olympic Programme Commission of the IOC, and is yet to be fully considered by the IOC Executive Board. In making its recommendations to reduce the number of events and athletes in the Olympic Programme, the Programme Commission has taken a wide sweep at many sports, with some being recommended for expulsion and some for a reduction in events.
The Programme Commission opinion that keelboat events should be reduced due to the cost and complexity, is not felt to be justified. It should also be noted that removing keelboats would have a negative impact on the current events in the Paralympic Regatta.
The IOC Executive Board will further consider the proposals made by the Olympic Programme Commission prior to making any recommendation, which would then be considered at the full IOC session who meet 26-29 November 2002.
The ISAF will have full discussions with the IOC to achieve what is best for the sport of Sailing in all its aspects.