A missed opportunity
The shame of it was that the live television coverage of the sailing was confined to the inner courses, robbing the event of what could have been some of the Games’ most spectacular footage. Such are the impenetrable politics of Olympic broadcasting, where the host broadcaster, OBS, is a law unto itself and seemingly accountable to no one.
The much-discussed problem of water quality was, by the opening day of the competition, largely a non-issue. The sailors were clearly weary of answering the same questions every day from the non-specialist media. ‘No, the water used to be a problem, but it’s fine now,’ summed up the general response.