Please select your home edition
Edition
Gul 2018 October - Code Zero 728x90

Sailing not included on Paris 2024 Paralympic Games Sports Programme

by World Sailing 14 Sep 09:24 BST 14 September 2018
2.4 Norlin OD sailing at the Rio Paralympic Games © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

World Sailing is shocked and disappointed to learn that sailing has not been included by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

The decision came (13 September 2018) following an IPC Board meeting earlier this week in Madrid, Spain.

Sailing's application was submitted ahead of the 9 July 2018 deadline and World Sailing have been informed by the IPC that Sailing is not in compliance with one or more of the core criteria for Games inclusion as stipulated in the IPC Handbook.

World Sailing will meet with the IPC's leadership as soon as possible to further understand the details of the decision taken and the analysis by the IPC management team.

"We worked tirelessly to ensure sailing met the IPC criteria and our application was of a high standard and everyone at World Sailing is deeply saddened by the news from the IPC," said Andy Hunt, World Sailing CEO.

"Sailing is one of the most inclusive sports and caters for all athletes. Regardless of their classification, sailing's athletes compete on a level playing field and we have reiterated this message to the IPC.

"So much has been achieved over the past few years in developing Para World Sailing and we will continue to provide a programme of events for the sailors that compete regularly at a national and international level."

Sailing was removed from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Sports Programme in January 2015 for failing to meet worldwide reach criteria.

The IPC Handbook states, "For Paralympic Games Only individual sports and disciplines widely and regularly practiced in a minimum of thirty-two (32) countries and three (3) IPC regions may be considered for inclusion in the Paralympic Games."

Following this news, World Sailing released a strategic plan for 2017-2020, outlining strategic goals and strategies that were adopted by World Sailing to gain re-inclusion into the Paralympic Games sports programme.

Read the strategic plan [PDF].

Para World Sailing has had a period of accelerated growth through initiatives such as the Paralympic Development Programme (PDP) that culminated in more than 80 sailors from 37 nations and five continents racing across three events at the 2017 Para World Sailing Championships.

Paralympic Development Programme clinics have ensured continued development of Para World Sailing on all continents and continue to help increase participants' knowledge and understanding of the sport.

At the 2018 Para World Sailing Championships, which will be held in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA from 16-22 September, a record 101 sailors from 42 nations have registered to race across four events. A PDP clinic is currently being held ahead of the Championships with sailors from China, Indonesia, Latvia, Samoa, Thailand and Chinese Taipei all receiving World Sailing support.

At the 2017 and 2018 World Championships, World Sailing demonstrated that it met and exceeded the worldwide reach criteria and worked in close partnership with Member National Authorities, Class Associations, Event Organisers and sailors to ensure the best possible application to the IPC.

Further development of Para World Sailing has included the introduction of a representative in the Athletes' Commission. Jens Kroker was appointed earlier in the year. And at the next Sailing World Championships, set to be held in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2022, the Para World Sailing Championships will be integrated for the first time.

Despite this enormous setback for the discipline, World Sailing will continue to support the sailors as well as grow and promote Para World Sailing globally.

Update from the Royal Yachting Association in the UK

The RYA is dismayed at the announcement from the International Paralympic Committee that sailing will not feature in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

The IPC said that sailing, which was dropped as a Paralympic sport following Rio 2016, had not met criteria "in a number of areas" and would not be put forward for further consideration. The announcement has come as a shock to the RYA, which has worked tirelessly to support World Sailing's bid for re-inclusion.

Sarah Treseder, Chief Executive of the RYA, said: "We are deeply disappointed that the IPC has made this decision despite all the progress and the unique platform sailing provides for true equality and inclusion. The decision is a real blow for so many aspiring and talented sailors for whom competing in Paris has been their dream, not to mention all those who would have been inspired to get on the water by sailing's inclusion.

"It is a really sad day for the sport. The RYAhas worked closely with World Sailing in support of their bid for re-inclusion and we will now take time to reflect on the IPC's decision."

Great Britain is among the most successful nations in Paralympic sailing. Helena Lucas won the nation's first gold medal in sailing at London 2012 in the 2.4mR class, and followed it up with a bronze at Rio 2016. Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell got bronze medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016 in the SKUD class.

Regardless of the announcement the RYA remains committed to supporting all disabled sailors through its ground-breaking Sailability community programme. Most recently it has supported para athletes in their bids for victory at the Parasailing World Championships in Sheboygan, USA, which take place from 16-22 September.

"We will guarantee the excellent work of RYASailability continues to ensure that disabled sailing is supported from grass roots to top-level racing," adds Treseder. "The Parasailing World Championships are about to commence with a record number of sailors and countries taking part including a strong British contingent. We wish everyone a very successful regatta."

Golf, karate, Para dance sport and powerchair football were also struck from the list of potential sports at Paris 2024, while bobsleigh was dropped from the 2022 Winter Paralympics despite being provisionally approved.

Update from the USA's governing body for sailing

US Sailing is disappointed to learn of the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) decision not to include Sailing as part of the 2024 Paralympic Games Sports Program. The decision was made on Thursday, September 13 at an IPC Board meeting in Madrid, Spain.

World Sailing recently reported that they were informed by the IPC that Sailing is not in compliance with one or more of the core criteria for Games inclusion. World Sailing will soon meet with the IPC's leadership to further understand the details of the decision and the analysis by the IPC management team.

Sailing was removed from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Sports Program in January of 2015 for failing to meet worldwide reach criteria.

"We are very disappointed in this outcome, and the sailing community eagerly awaits more details on the IPC's decision before determining potential next steps," said Jack Gierhart, Chief Executive Officer of US Sailing. "Regardless of the future of sailing in the Paralympics, US Sailing will continue to foster opportunities for sailors with disabilities to sail and race at all levels of both domestic and international competitions and help organize and support clinics and other educational offerings for these inspiring athletes. We will also continue to drive awareness about the benefits of sailing for individuals with disabilities and provide support and resources to sailing organizations interested in implementing adaptive sailing programming to their curriculum."

World Sailing also reports that Para World Sailing has had a period of accelerated growth through initiatives such as the Paralympic Development Program (PDP) that culminated in more than 80 sailors from 37 nations and five continents racing across three events at the 2017 Para World Sailing Championships.

The U.S. has a total of eight entries/nine sailors in competition at the upcoming 2018 Para World Sailing Championships in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, from September 16-22. A record 101 sailors from 42 nations have registered to race across four events and participate in a PDP clinic which precedes the Championships.

Related Articles

Mixed Offshore Event added to Paris 2024
At World Sailing Annual General Meeting A Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore Event will feature at the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition, providing a new dynamic to the Olympic movement, following ratification at World Sailing's Annual General Meeting. Posted on 5 Nov
World Sailing Council Meeting Day 2
Submission 031-17 to be considered at the AGM today World Sailing's Council concluded their two day meeting on Saturday 3 November 2018 at the 2018 Annual Conference in Sarasota, Florida, USA. Posted on 4 Nov
Finn dropped from Olympics by WS Council
A Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore will feature at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games A Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore will feature at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games after World Sailing's Council voted in favour of it replacing the Mixed One Person Dinghy. The decision was voted on Day 1 of the Annual Conference in Sarasota. Posted on 2 Nov
Seven for, six against in Olympic Keelboat vote
Events and Equipment for Paris 2024 has been a major talking point following the Mid-Year meeting Following the Equipment Committee's meeting on Paris 2024 Equipment the day prior, it was the turn of the Events Committee to talk about the Events. Posted on 2 Nov
World Sailing Annual Conference: 30-31 Oct Recap
Equipment for the Paris 2024 was a hot topic in the Equipment Committee Equipment for the Paris 2024 was a hot topic in the Equipment Committee and the Development and Regions Committee reported on another busy 12-months of activities related to growth of the sport. Posted on 1 Nov
L1 wins eSailing World Championship title
Tense winner-take-all final race in Sarasota, Florida France's L1 won the inaugural eSailing World Championship Final after a tense winner-take-all final race at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida, USA. Posted on 31 Oct
World Sailing Presidential updates: October 2018
Kim Andersen with the latest update from World Sailing This month was a particularly important one for our young sailors. With a great celebration at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, our young athletes had the opportunity to enjoy their first experience competing in a global multi-sports event. Posted on 29 Oct
World Sailing 2018 Annual Conference Opens in USA
Meeting of the Classes Committee as Conference is underway in Sarasota, Florida, USA World Sailing's 2018 Annual Conference is underway in Sarasota, Florida, USA and Sunday saw the meeting of the Classes Committee as well as the Youth Events, International Measurers, International Judges and Race Management Sub-Committees. Posted on 29 Oct
eSailing World Championship set for Florida finale
World's top eight eSailors will battle it out to be crowned champion After the launch of the eSailing World Championship on 10 May 2018, more than 16,200 registered eSailors from 74 countries have competed, sailing more than 80,000 races across 60 one to three day challenges Posted on 28 Oct
Four teams on World Sailing Team of the Year Award
Sporting values of integrity, ambition, resilience and resourcefulness The World Sailing Team of the Year Award celebrates teams of two or more sailors who personify the sporting values of integrity, ambition, resilience and resourcefulness. Posted on 28 Oct