Sailors Yoel Sela and Eldad Amir would almost certainly have become Israel's first-ever Olympic medalists at Seoul in 1988 in the Flying Dutchman if the second race of the series had not fallen on Yom Kippur, the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Israeli officials had made it clear they did not want any athletes competing on that day, threatening anyone that did with expulsion from the Games, so Sela and Amir duly sat out the second race of the event. They subsequently finished eighth and would have been guaranteed a medal if they had competed in that missed race and finished higher than 11th, which they did in five of their six races.
The International Boxing Association, originally the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur and still referred to as the AIBA is a sport organization that sanctions amateur (Olympic-style) boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championships.
Marius Vizer’s explosive address in Sochi has gripped the Olympic Movement in recent weeks and parallels have been drawn between the speech made by Thomas Keller 42 years earlier at the Olympic Congress in Varna that sparked a similar debate. David Owen looks at whether history is repeating itself and whether it may hold clues to the eventual outcome of the present trial of strength that was escalated so dramatically by the SportAccord President last month.