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Ex-sailing chief questions voting on class for 2024 Games

December 10, 2018 GMT

The former head of sailing’s governing body has joined other sailing officials in questioning the results of a vote to add a mixed-gender offshore class to the 2024 Olympics.

Paul Henderson of Toronto, who headed sailing’s governing body from 1994-2004 and also is a former member of the International Olympic Committee, said in a letter to World Sailing President Kim Andersen of Denmark that some votes were recorded incorrectly during the recent annual conference in Sarasota, Florida, and the governing body must re-open the issue.

At least four members of World Sailing’s Council have said their votes were improperly recorded, which should have been enough to defeat the proposal.

Andersen said that once World Sailing has completed the overview of the voting processes, “we need to decide what appropriate action to take next.”