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17 June 2010, 01:19 pm
ISAF Publish Notice Of Race For 2010 Youth Olympic Games
2010 Youth Olympic Games

2010 Youth Olympic Games
Singapore

ISAF has published the Notice of Race for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. The sailing competition in Singapore will feature 100 young sailors, aged 15-16, competing across four events.
The inaugural Youth Olympic Games will be held in Singapore from 14-26 August.

The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) stated vision for the Youth Olympic Games: "is to inspire young people around the world to participate in sport and adopt and live by the Olympic values"

Alongside the competition and sporting aspect of the Games, there will be educational programmes on the Olympic values, the benefits of sport for a healthy lifestyle and the social values sport can deliver.

The IOC's stated objectives for the Youth Olympic Games are:

- to bring together the world's best young athletes and celebrate them
- to offer a unique and powerful introduction to Olympism
- to innovate in educating and debating Olympic values and challenges of society
- to share and celebrate the cultures of the world in a festive atmosphere
- to reach youth communities throughout the world to promote Olympic values
- to raise sports awareness and participation among young people
- to act as a platform for initiatives within the Olympic Movement
- to be an event of the highest international sporting standard

The Notice of Race for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games contains all of the key details relating to the sailing competition and is available to download here: http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/Singapore2010YOGNoticeofRace-[8958].pdf

The sailing competition will be held at the National Sailing Centre where SingaporeSailing regularly organises national and regional championships. The inaugural Asian Youth Games in 2009 was an ideal test event for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and featured sailors from around Asia competing in the Byte CII and Techno 293.

The four events at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games include:

One person dinghy boys - Byte CII
One person dinghy girls - Byte CII
Windsurfing boys - Techno 293 (7.8m² Sail)
Windsurfing girls - Techno 293 (7.8m² Sail)


Edwin Low, the Sailing Competition Manager for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee stated, "It has been an exciting journey so far as we prepare for the event. It is truly an honour to host the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. On behalf of Singapore and the Singapore Sailing Federation, I welcome all the young champions and every official to our shores".

One of the key innovations for sailing at the Youth Olympic Games was the introduction of a Continental Qualification System and the introduction of IOC Universality places. Nations were able to qualify directly within their own continent and between December 2009 and May 2010 qualification events took place in Africa, Asia, Central & South America, Europe, North America & the Caribbean and Oceania. There was also a second opportunity for nations to qualify at a final World / Open Championship.

Alastair Fox, ISAF Events Manager, was very impressed with the Continental Qualification System: 'The Byte CII Class, Techno 293 Class and the host nations all did a fantastic job implementing the Continental Qualification Events. Over 70 nations sent sailors to the qualification events and it is clear that this system was very popular. The sailing events for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games also received a great deal of interest from nations applying for IOC Universality places; these places allow emerging athletes the chance to compete on an international stage. ISAF hopes to develop this type of qualification system for future events so that we can build the popularity of sailing around the world.'

ISAF will be publishing the full list of qualified nations shortly.

ISAF has appointed an International Technical Official team for the sailing competition:

Race Management Team:
Ross Wilson (PRO) AUS
Tomasz Chamera POL
Marina Psichogiou GRE
Bojan Gale SLO
Qu Chun CHN

International Jury:
Ana Sanchez del Campo Ferrer (Chair) ESP
Miguel Allen POR
Ricardo Labato BRA
Jon Napier GBR
Rut Subniran THA
Selvam Mookken SIN

Measurement:
Bruno de Wannemaeker BEL

Technical Delegate:
Alastair Fox begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting GBR


For more information on the sailing events at the Youth Olympic Games go to click here: http://www.sailing.org/yog/index.php

For more information on the sailing events at the Youth Olympic Games go to click here: http://www.sailing.org/yog/index.php

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