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Road to Rio: Looking ahead to Sonar in 2016 for Greece

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At last year’s World Championships in Halifax, Canada, several countries qualified Sonar boats with the final decision as to who would be on those boats up to the NPC. Countries that earned qualifying berths included Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Greece and Norway.



Greece presently only has one option in this class based on current international rankings as to who they can sent to Rio. It is the boat crewed by Vasilis Christoforou, Thodoris Alexas, and Argiris Notaroglou. They are currently ranked twelfth in the world, down from their best ever of ninth.


What events these sailors have been competing at in the past three months can be difficult to track. Garda and Trentino Olympic Week, which took place earlier this month and had a sonar event, has no ISAF results published on their website. Trofeo Sar Princess Sofia did not have Sonar on their program. Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta in New Zealand in March had this class on their program, but only New Zealand competitors took part.


Outside the World Championships and Paralympic Games, Greece is not particularly active on the international scene in this class. Greece has never medaled at the Paralympic Games in this event. They competed at this event at the last Paralympic Games in 2012.


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Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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