The Executive Board of the IOC confirmed the line up of events and disciplines for the 26 sports on the Programme for the London 2012 Olympic Games at their meeting in Berlin, Germany today. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) had made a request to keep the number of sailing events at 11, maintaining the Open Multihull event.
The IOC President Jacques Rogge wrote today to ISAF: "Whilst the IOC Executive Board fully recognises the value that Sailing brings to the Olympic Games, it decided to maintain its decision of 2005 regarding the overall quota of sailors and medals. As a consequence, Tornado Multihull shall not be on the programme of the Games of the XXXth Olympiad in London.
The decision to reduce the number of sailing events at the 2012 Games from 11 to 10 was previously made by the IOC Executive Board in 2005, based on the recommendation from the IOC Olympic Programme Commission. ISAF was one of 17 International Sports Federations who submitted a request to modify their events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. These requests were analysed by the IOC Olympic Programme Commission, which submitted its finding to the Executive Board.
At a press conference following today's Executive Board meeting, the IOC President said the main reason for not granting requests for additional events received by sports was because the Games has reached maximum capacity, "Most of the applications have been politely declined because all of the applications combined resulted in a potential accumulation of 720 athletes to the already 10,500 of Games. So we kindly said to the Federations, sorry but we cannot accommodate your request," Rogge said.
The 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition will feature 380 athletes competing across the following 10 events, selected by the Council of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in November 2007:
Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
Men's One Person Dinghy Heavy - Finn
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Men's Two Person Dinghy High Performance - 49er
Men's Windsurfer - RS:X
Men's Keelboat - Star
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Women's Keelboat Match Racing - Elliott 6m
Women's Windsurfer - RS:X