Team New Zealand skipper Peter Burling has spoken of his syndicates pride in representing the country and the tricky equation of making the next defence commercially viable.
Team New Zealand have turned down the government and Aucklands $99m offer for a repeat defence in the city, and the champion outfit will now weigh up the overseas hosting alternatives.
Burling and his regular sailing partner Blair Tuke are in the thick of their final preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, but the delicate Cup situation hasnt been lost on them.
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Team New Zealadn skipepr Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, holding the Americas Cup, are now concentrating on defending Olympics gold at Tokyo.
Everyone in the team is really proud to be from New Zealand, we really loved the support we got through the last Americas Cup, Burling told Stuff at an Olympic yachting media opportunity in Auckland on Thursday.
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Definitely as an event, you feel for everyone involved there, they are in a really tricky situation to try to do the best job they can with whats happening.
The skeleton Team New Zealand management led by Grant Dalton have been burying themselves into moving the event forward since Marchs win over Italian challenger Luna Rossa, with the global pandemic impacting heavily on long-term sponsorships.
Dalts and the team with the event are doing the best job they can with the circumstances. Blair and myself have had to focus on our Olympic campaign the last little bit, added Burling who fronted the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron members at Tuesday nights meeting on the eve of the announcement confirming the Auckland offer had been rejected.
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Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton has made a habit of finding funding in tough times but this will be his biggest challenge.
Burling and Tuke have had a hectic schedule since winning the Auld Mug for a second time.
They have been leading New Zealands entry in the SailGP global league, debuting their Live Ocean Racing catamaran in Bermuda over Anzac weekend.
They missed the second leg of that series in Italy as they concentrated on their Tokyo 49er campaign where they will defend gold after their totally dominant victory in the skiff class at Rio 2016.
Burling said they were satisfied with their efforts against some of their Olympic opposition during two practice regattas in Spain.
Kiwis Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have won six world titles and two Olympic medals in the 49er class.
It was a great chance to check in, and we felt we improved. It was also great to get some sailing in the big swells that could happen at the venue in Japan.
Burling is in his fourth Olympics and Tuke in his third. They won silver at London 2012 and bettered that in Rio where they were the flag bearers.
Proud Kiwi Burling, 30, said that honour would remain with him for life, and he felt the Olympics would continue to hold a special place in his remarkable yachting career, fuelling his enthusiasm to keep competing at this level.

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