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10 March 2003, 05:05 pm
ISAF Supports The America|s Cup
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America's Cup

Building on the partnership of the XXXI America's Cup, and previous Cups, the XXXII America's Cup in Europe will continue to see ISAF supporting this pinnacle event.
ISAF is excited by the increased interest that will develop with the defence of the America's Cup at a European venue, combined with the significant changes that the Defender of Record intend introducing to the Cup to bring the necessary flavour of modernisation.

Being on the leading edge of sailing, America's Cup syndicates always require special consideration. For this purpose, ISAF is continuously updating its rules and regulations that have been developed and implemented over the years in response to their needs and requirements.

ISAF has the ultimate responsibility to the sport of sailing for the integrity and fairness of the competition. It is essential that ISAF ensure "Fair Play" and not only provide the services for sailors to go to sea to race, but also to control the use and implementation of the ISAF Rules and Regulations.

This responsibility should and must be fulfilled in close cooperation with the MNA's, Yacht Clubs and Syndicates involved in the Challenge and Defence of the America's Cup. An agreement will therefore be entered into between the ISAF and the respective parties for the services of ISAF and its Officials for the America's Cup and related events.

Such co-operation will include ISAF providing the Race Officials. ISAF and its Officials will be clearly separated from the commercial or financial interests of any of the organisations or persons involved and no financial or other relations shall exist between the ISAF Officials and any of the yacht clubs and syndicates involved in the event, thus maintaining the absolute integrity of their role.

Continuing the excellent training ground established during the XXXI America's Cup, ISAF will as required by the Defender and Challenger Syndicates, coordinate training and education sessions and other appropriate requirements run by ISAF Officials to support the Syndicates.

ISAF also intends to develop in conjunction with the Defender and Challenger Syndicates a Code of Ethics, which will set values to contribute to the overall integrity of the event. ISAF also hopes to work with the Syndicates to form an America's Cup Arbitration Panel, which will include ISAF Officials.

Respecting the anti-doping position in sport worldwide, drug testing was undertaken at the XXXI America's Cup, and ISAF will in future allow access to WADA to ensure fair and scientifically responsible drug testing.

ISAF looks forward to 2007, which is ISAF's Centennial Year, and working with all concerned to ensure a successful XXXII America's Cup.
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