Spy Claims Hit America's Cup In New Zealand
Sumaira FH 15 days ago Tue 30th June 2020 | 09:00 AM
Wellington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Jun, 2020 ) :Team New Zealand have fired a number of employees for leaking confidential information about next year's America's Cup defence, managing director Grant Dalton said Tuesday.
"We're not 100 percent sure what they (wanted) or what they got," Dalton told radio station NewstalkZB.
"But what I do know is that the game was up quicker than they expected." Team New Zealand said in a statement that those involved had also made "highly defamatory and inaccurate allegations" against the organisation and some of its personnel.
"These allegations are entirely incorrect," it said.
"This includes claims around structural and financial matters... as there are contractual agreements in place, we're unable to go into further detail at this time due to commercial sensitivity," it said in a statement.
Dalton confirmed the sacked employees were New Zealanders working for the event-planning arm of the organisation, not the yacht racing team.
He refused to saw how many people were involved, or speculate on their motives.
The yachts for next year's regatta are 23-metre (75-foot) monohulls that use a cutting-edge foiling design, making them expensive to develop and unpredictable in the water.
"Of course I'm worried, absolutely," he told RNZ.
"But I know the competitors and I know their ethics and I can't imagine for one millisecond that this has gone (to them)."