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Sailing Events Confirmed For Next Olympics
In 2014, the International Olympic Committee published a document pertaining to the Olympic Agenda of 2020. In the document, as many as 40 detailed suggestions to shape the future of the Olympic Movement were put forth. Invited sports are notified that competition programs need to be changed, often to their detriment. Sailing has had a long suffered event changing, with each alteration making an impact on investment in human commitment and sailing equipment.
IOC and World Sailing Disagree
After major changes were made to the sailing program for the 2016 Olympics in 2016, significantly impacting on the sport, Sailing made a daring decision to ignore the mandate as set out by the IOC and to maintain the same program as the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. While Member Nations breathed a sigh of relief, the IOC was less impressed. In response, Sailing was penalised with a reduction in the number of athletes allowed to compete from 380 down to 350.
Tackling a Complex Situation to Find an Amicable Solution
World Sailing understood that they would have to adhere to the rules or risk losing athletes, or possibly even events. They launched an inquiry to determine the best course of action. Because the Olympics is owned by the IOC, it’s important that their governance is accepted. Conversely, it is up to Sailing to determine how best to continue serving the sport while also meeting the requirements set out by the IOC. Conditions are complex and committee members who develop the sailing programs have a colossal task to navigate the situation.
After much deliberation, ten Sailing events for Paris 2024 were confirmed and the end of the Finn Class, which has been used since 1952, was announced. This is the current list of confirmed Events and Equipment for the next Olympics:
- Women’s Windsurfer, iFoil
- Men’s Windsurfer, iFoil
- Women’s One Person Dinghy, Laser Radial
- Men’s One Person Dinghy, Laser
- Women’s Skiff, 49erFX
- Men’s Skiff, 49er
- Mixed Two Person Multihull, Nacra 17
- Mixed Two Person Dinghy, 470
- Mixed Kite, Formula Kite