TEL AVIV (Jun. 20)
Haifa’s commodious horseshoe-shaped bay is playing host this week to the windsurfing championship finals for the 1988 Olympic Games this September in South Korea.
There are 125 competitors from 25 countries. The Israeli organizers reported no cancellations for political or other reasons, something that happens frequently when Israel hosts an international event.
Windsurfing is making its first appearance as an Olympics competition this year. On the opening day of the finals in Haifa, Herve Piegelin and Robert Nagy of France led the field in the lightweight division, with an assist from strong offshore winds.
Italians Luca de Pedrini and Paco Wirz led the Heavy Division, and Anne Francois and Valeri Capart of France led the Women’s Division.