- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A commission set up by the governor is working on ways to bring more sailing events to Rhode Island, including Olympic trials.

The Newport Daily News reports that members of the Sailing Events Commission say Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY’-fee) wants to look at whether Fort Adams State Park in Newport could host trials ahead of the 2016 games in Rio de Janiero.

Commission member Joe Dias of the Department of Environmental Management says other countries have an Olympic sailing base, but the U.S. does not. He says Chafee wants Newport and Rhode Island to serve as the base.

Commission member Evan Smith, head of the regional visitors’ bureau Discover Newport, says they’ll also look at other events that could benefit the state’s economy.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.


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