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22 Aug 2010

Following sailing live through social media

IOC President Jacques Rogge has praised the use of Twitter at the YOG's sailing regatta, with fans being able to keep up-to-date with the action on the water thanks to the micro-blogging site.

A special boat of 'tweeters' is following the sailors at sea and relaying all the highlights to fans on shore – and around the world – via short updates on Twitter.

"It is a new way to communicate, it's very quick, it is universal and it is spreading extremely well, so we are very pleased with that," said Rogge, who competed in sailing at the Olympic Games in 1968, 1972 and 1976.

The instant sailing updates are even helping parents on the other side of the world find out how their children are getting on in Singapore, including the father of Israeli windsurfer Mayan Rafic.

“Mayan's father, Mikhail, texted me before I had a chance to get back to the beach and he said: 'Whoah! It is incredible how Twitter is going, I know everything before you',” explained Rafic's coach, Ronnie Meir.

The innovation has also impressed Singapore's sports minister, Vivian Balakrishnan.

"It is a very good way for people back on shore and indeed all around the world to keep track of the racing in real time," said Balakrishnan. "The Youth Olympic Games is a wonderful place to try out new technology and that is the sweet spot we are trying to hit."

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