Monday, March 3, 2008
Beijing Olympic Games just around the corner - Who has qualified?
With the Beijing Olympic Games just around the corner, AsianYachting is beginning the run into the Games with newsworthy developments as they happen (See March News & Views - Asian Section). As it is our intention to concentrate our news coverage on Asian competitors we ask all National Sailing Organisations to provide details on there sailors as they qualify to represent the nation. The 49er, 470, Finn, RSX, Lasers, Ynglings and Tornados classes have already held their World Championships followed by the Laser Radials in March and finally the Stars in April. Korean Jeemin Ha made a name for himself overnight as the only non-qualified nation sailor to make the 53 boat Gold fleet at the Laser World Championship and hence qualify Korea for the 2008 Games. The remaining Asian nations making the cut from the Silver fleet were: Japan (Yoichi Iijima, 10th), Malaysia (Kevin Lim, 15th) and Singapore (Leong Seng Koh, 23rd). The host country China gets an automatic berth in each sailing class while other countries must earn theirs. To find out which nations and what classes they have qualified for in Qingdao goto: http://www.sailing.org/22168.php?PHPSESSID=03ec00014209f70adb75d201903eae48