Britain asks for new class in Olympics

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Britain wants a change in the events line-up at the 2000 Sydney Olympics to include a high-performance yacht developed in the UK, writes Stuart Alexander. Proposals will be put to the annual meeting of the governing body in Hamburg next week.

is restricted to 10 events. With the call for a highperformance event, there are 11 contenders for the 10 slots. The British-developed and built Laser 5000 wants to be the high performance boat, but faces opposition from the Sydney harbour 18-foot skiff, which would be the choice of the Olympic organisers, and the long-established International 14.