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Originally posted by Chew my RS

I'm sure this has been covered before, but can anyone expalin how Booth is qualified to represent Holland when he has previously medalled for Australia and lives (according to the newsapaper) in Spain?

Medalling for another country is no impediment- the US Olympic team has several athletes in that position.

I'd assume, then, that he's now a Dutch citizen, but as to the ins and outs of their citizenship requirments, dunno.

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Originally posted by alstorer

Originally posted by Chew my RS

I'm sure this has been covered before, but can anyone expalin how Booth is qualified to represent Holland when he has previously medalled for Australia and lives (according to the newsapaper) in Spain?

Medalling for another country is no impediment- the US Olympic team has several athletes in that position.

I'd assume, then, that he's now a Dutch citizen, but as to the ins and outs of their citizenship requirments, dunno.



It is to do with the fact that he wanted to do the Olympics with Herb Derksen (a Dutchman) some years back, and they both had to be the same nationality to sail together.  So they looked at their competitors in Aus and Holland and decided they had a better chance to qualify if Mitch changed his nationality to Dutch.

Or that is the story I have heard.

He lives in Spain with his Spanish wife who he met at the Barcelona Olympics.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Chew my RS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Aug 08 at 2:15pm
What a complete farce.  Fair play to him though, he's just using the rules to his advantage (seems to be pretty good at that!)
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Originally posted by Chew my RS

What a complete farce.  Fair play to him though, he's just using the rules to his advantage (seems to be pretty good at that!)


Yeah and what about all the middle distance runners or weightlifters all originally from Kenya or Bulgaria and now fully paid up UAE nationals...

Or erm Kevin Pietersen (England Captain) or erm Greg Rusedski or Zola Budd

or even to bring it back to sailing Natasha Sturgess - sailed for Oz in '96 and GBR in '04..







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Whilst we are on the subject of nations...In the Tornado fleet Carolijn Brouwer represented Holland in the europe class is a dutch ISAF rep and represents Bel at this games...confused!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Chew my RS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Aug 08 at 8:09pm
KP never played for South Africa though.  I think that is a key difference.  The UAE comparison is valid, and shows what a stupid system it is.
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So, having upset pretty much all his competitors, destabilised their preparation and generally created chaos in the T fleet, Mitch Booth has measured in a standard kite... Mr Booth is hereby nominated for an honorary doctorate from the College of Lifesmanship...
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ROTFLMAO

Well done Mitch

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Originally posted by JimC

So, having upset pretty much all his competitors, destabilised their preparation and generally created chaos in the T fleet, Mitch Booth has measured in a standard kite... Mr Booth is hereby nominated for an honorary doctorate from the College of Lifesmanship...

Shame really as I would have liked to have seen how they did; has anyone measured in a code 0?

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The US have only measured a Code 0, so will definitely be using one. 
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