Since the end of 1997 a great deal of time,
energy and money has been spent by myself, Graziano Tognala our
Secretary General and other members of the Executive Board in
the promotion of water skiing as a full Olympic Sport for 2004.
Including travel, promotion, advertising and
the organising in Seville of an exhibition competition and reception
attended by about 800 National Olympic Committee delegates from
nearly 200 countries during the ACNO conference, together with
Members of the IOC Executive Board including H.E Juan Samaranch
plus members of the press, the IWSF has either incurred or expects
to incur costs in the region of US$600,000.
We consider the Water Ski demonstration at
Seville an unqualified success
which has finally laid to rest the bogeys of an engine and the
drivers influence. It showed how we can set ourselves up on an
Olympic Rowing site within half a day and therefore our infrastructure
is not a great additional cost to an organiser.
From our own resources, a contribution from
Region EAME, fund-raising through the AWSA and commitments from
friends of water skiing, we know we will have at least US$350,000.
We need donations from lovers and friends of water skiing to raise
In the US and Canada, cheques should be made
payable to 'IWSF Athens 2004' and sent to Tony Baggiano, the fund-raising
chairman, 611 Oakley Place, Alexandria, VA 22302, USA.
From other parts of the world payments can
be through any of the following methods.
It would be helpful if on the reverse of the
cheque you write '2004'.
Our programme is going well. Tremendous progress
has bee made and we are optimistic. The Greek Olympic Committee
and the Greek 2004 Organising Committee need to propose the two
new sports to the IOC and must do so no later than early September.
Without these two nominations our chances are dramatically reduced
and our efforts now are concentrated on Greece.
The meeting of the IOC to make the final decision
is scheduled for early December.
We need your help now to finance the last part
of our programme and achieve our goal so please, please help us
overcome the last hurdles.