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World Sailing appoints leading sports governance professional as Director of Legal and Governance

by World Sailing 26 Aug 2022 15:33 BST

World Sailing has appointed leading sports lawyer and governance professional Urvasi Naidoo as its new Director of Legal and Governance.

In the role of Director of Legal and Governance, Urvasi will have responsibility for the provision of legal advice to World Sailing's group companies and support compliance and governance of World Sailing in all areas. This includes advising and supporting the Board, Senior Management Team, Council, Committees, Commissions, and the Judicial Board on matters relating to corporate governance, World Sailing constitution and regulations, sport integrity, anti-doping, contracts and intellectual property.

As World Sailing continues its commitment to developing the sport globally, Urvasi's appointment also strengthens the support and guidance available to Member National Authorities and the international sailing community.

Urvasi joins World Sailing from the Commonwealth Games Federation. She has over 20 years' experience in the sports sector having previously worked at the International Cricket Council, the Salt Lake Organising Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the London 2012 Olympics, World Netball, British Canoeing and the Union Cycliste Internationale. She is an independent member of the International Tennis Federation's Ethics Commission and is also a Non-Executive Director at Surrey County Cricket Club.

David Graham, World Sailing CEO, said, "The appointment of Urvasi as Director of Legal and Governance is an important step for World Sailing and the entire international sailing community.

"Urvasi brings extensive professional experiences from across sport that will be integral to the long-term development of sailing, both commercially and on the water, as well as helping to maintain integrity of competition and the safety of sailors worldwide.

"We are delighted to welcome Urvasi to World Sailing and look forward to working together to achieve our strategic objectives."

Urvasi Naidoo said, "Following three incredible years at the Commonwealth Games Federation, culminating in the glorious Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, I am delighted to be starting a new challenge at World Sailing, It is an exciting time to be joining World Sailing, their commitment to modernise governance processes and their goals for equity, accessibility and sustainability present an exciting opportunity to shape the future of a major global sport."

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