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Olympic sailors arrive at Qingdao venue

2008-08-07 07:04:10 GMT2008-08-07 15:04:10 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English

A woman sailor of America has a rest during training session at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center in Olympic co-host city Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Aug. 2, 2008. Smiles of sailors from all over the world for the upcoming Olympic sailing competition became attractive scenery in the Center. (Xinhua Photo)

A woman sailor smiles after training in the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center in Olympic co-host city Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Aug. 2, 2008.(Xinhua Photo)

Two sailors of Spain talk after training at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center in Olympic co-host city Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Aug. 2, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

QINGDAO, East China, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- All the 400 sailors from 62 countries and regions have arrived at Qingdao Olympic sailing center as of Aug. 6, according to the Sailing Committee (Qingdao) of BOCOG.

"All the 400 sailors with their 267 sailing boats have finished the registration at the sailing center, busy preparing themselves for the sailing regatta starting from Aug. 9," Qu Chun, Competition Manager of the Sailing Committee (Qingdao) of BOCOG, told a press conference here on Thursday.

The sailors will compete in 11 events of nine classes on a water area of almost 50 square kilometers during the 2008 Beijing Olympic sailing tournament from August 9 to 23, with two reserved days.

"It's no doubt the best sailing venue. Having the Olympic venue so closed to the marina is something that has never been achieved before," said David Kellett, vice president of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), at the press conference.

"Water quality has been improved every year. There is no problem. We hope we could get some good winds," he added.

Speaking of the possible light wind in Qingdao during the competition, Jerome Pels, ISAF Secretary General, said there was no problem for that.

"We have reserved days. We have enough room to make sure we can sail the races. Also, we don't need to complete all the races to finish the competition," he said.

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