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Old 5th September 2012, 07:12 PM   #45
Ken
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Let's face it, sailing as an Olympic sport is boring (spectators), no matter which class. I think this is the primary reason kite boarding got chosen, it may offer more spectator appeal, and maybe draw in more TV coverage.

The other issue at the Olympics is that half the sports have little spectator appeal and only exist for the "sport", which is the real reason there are the Olympics. It's sad, but sport for sports sake is declining because of the commercialism, pro participation, endorsements, advertising, etc. The good old days (60's and earlier) were where Olympic competition was much more honest in many ways. Committed athletes meeting head to head to see who is the best in the world and nothing more. The true Olympic spirit.
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