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Sailing boss impressed with innovations at Youth Olympics

2010-08-24 13:52:24 GMT2010-08-24 21:52:24 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SINGAPORE, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- International Sailing Federation president Goran Petersson believes that the sport can learn important lessons from others at the Youth Olympic Games.

Petersson has made visits to other venues and was impressed with what he saw, particularly with the introduction of mixed events.

"The very interesting thing is the innovative attitude," he said on Tuesday.

"There are new formats, new interactions between competitors and countries competing together in teams," he said.

"We will have a very close look at all these these formats, and I am sure that sailing will be even more innovative in the next Youth Games."

Petersson would like to see an increased use of technology to make the sport easier to follow.

"You need very good explanations which we will try to help with, so you have people who can tell exactly what is happening and why, and perhaps we can combine it with pictures which will be ideal, but this is the right direction for sure," he said.

Sailing is already a leader in developing better communication with a Twitter feed from the course to keep those on shore and online informed about race progress.

"This is how to communicate with youth and the sailing world," said Petersson. "We will evaluate that very carefully but it is very promising."

The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic regatta - which wraps up on Wednesday with the medal races - included only two classes but still attracted sailors from 60 countries and regions.

"The classes are only two because of the limitation on numbers that we are allowed, only 100," said Petersson. "But we wanted to make sure as many countries as possible could compete. What I hear about the boats is that everybody is very happy about the Techno (windsurfer) and the Byte," he said.

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