- 26 May 2004
- IOC News
Sailing fifty four nations
Fifty-four nations, including Greece as the hosts, have gained an entry to the Olympic sailing competition. The biggest fleets in Athens will be the Windsurfer Men and the Single-Handed Dinghy Open events.
National criteria to be fulfilled
National team selections continue to take place and, as some athletes may not meet their own national criteria for attending the Olympic Games, some entries will be reallocated – a move that will no doubt see the number of nations represented in Athens rise.
Seven nations with complete team
Seven nations are sending teams to every event. As well as Greece, which, as host nation, automatically receives an entry for each event, Australia, Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy and the USA will all have a full Olympic team.
Thirteen nations with one athlete
There are 13 nations which will currently be represented by only one athlete in Athens. Singapore, Malaysia and Uruguay, plus China, Lithuania, South Africa and the Seychelles are all represented in the Single-Handed Dinghy Men, whilst Indonesia, Latvia, Slovakia, Thailand and Venezuela are represented in the Windsurfer Men or Women.
All Sydney medal-winning nations represented
Every nation that won medals at Sydney 2000 will be represented in Athens, with all except one nation (Ukraine) ready to defend their medals in the specific event. Ruslana Tarana (UKR), bronze medallist in the Double-Handed Dinghy Women in Sydney with Olena Pakholchik, has moved into the Keelboat Women for her 2004 campaign.
For the complete list of nations that have gained entry to the Olympic sailing competitions, see: www.sailing.org/olympics2004.
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