More of a Stoic Cynic, Anarchy Sounds Exhausting
The second reason, development programs, makes sense. And I would expect that it would be the IOC organizing a backroom deal and forcing the ICLA into something, less than legal, not the ILCA initiating something.I was certainly not suggesting corruption. I listened online to the whole of the World Sailing meeting where the decision to keep the Laser in the Olympics was made. It was clear that many small World Sailing nations had Laser youth/development programs aimed at qualifying for the Olympics and felt that making a wholesale switch of those programs to the RS Aero was too costly a step for them.
Actually I don't know for sure if ILCA did any lobbying to keep the Laser in the Olympics for another 8 years, but I am giving them the credit for doing so anyway.