World Sailing approves three alternative event proposals for Paris 2024
World Sailing has approved three proposals for alternative events to mixed offshore for its 10th medal at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Two-person kitesurfing and dinghy for men and women, as well as a mixed team racing event, moved to the next step in the process, triggered by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) asking World Sailing to offer a different discipline mixed offshore.
Last month, the IOC highlighted three concerns about mixed offshore, including additional broadcasting costs and playground safety, and gave World Sailing until May 26 to come up with an alternative.
The three approved by the Board of Directors and the President of World Sailing will be discussed by the Constitution, Events and Equipment Committees on May 10 and 11, before the group makes a recommendation to the Board for a vote on. May 14.
Only two proposals, ranked in order of preference, will be sent to the IOC.
World Sailing said it had received 26 submissions for an alternative to mixed offshore, which could also be presented to the IOC by the global governing body.
A total of 23 were rejected by World Sailing after declaring that they did not meet the criteria set by the IOC, including ensuring gender equality.
World Sailing officials have warned that the sport could lose its 10th medal in Paris 2024 if it does not provide a suitable alternative to mixed offshore.
The kitesurf event would be in the Formula Kite class, while the 470 was selected as equipment for the two-person dinghy and laser for the mixed team racing competition.
The IOC is due to confirm the sailing program for Paris 2024 at its Executive Board meeting on June 8.
World Sailing’s list of events for Paris 2024 has been the source of considerable controversy within the organization for the best part of three years.
The decision to replace the Finn, the oldest individual dinghy event in the Olympic regatta to feature at all Games since Helsinki 1952, with an offshore mixed was adopted by a single vote by the World Sailing Committee in November 2018.
It was approved at the World Sailing Council meeting in Sarasota six months later, although the vote and the manner in which it was conducted came under criticism from officials of the organization.
The Olympic sailing regatta in Paris 2024 will take place in Marseille.