Why does our TV sport still feature rugby when Kiwis are cleaning up at northern hemisphere international yachting regattas, including a dress rehearsal for the next Olympics at Weymouth in the UK?
TP52s in tight racing, Audi Medcup 2010
Emirates Team New Zealand are leading the Audi MedCup TP52 fleet by a comfortable 30 points, after 3 of the 5 rounds. At Weymouth, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke in the 49ers are just off the medals in 4th place, Hamish Pepper and Craig Monk lead the Stars just ahead of French and German crews, Andrew Murdoch leads the Lasers, and Dan Slater is in the top 10 in the Finns. Other NZ sailors have won some races as well, so in general it's a very impressive showing from the team.
Does this matter to TVNZ's and TV3's News editors? Not when Jimmy Cowan faces a fitness test on Thursday. Teams of Kiwis leading international competitions, in a sport that's world wide, not like rugby and cricket which are just played by the remnants of the British Empire, still don't appeal to the kinds of people who work in sports journalism. These boof-heads were brought up in a world where sports consist of a bunch of blokes chasing a ball round a field, and that's the way they'd like it to remain.