International Paralympic Committee decides not to include Sailing as part of the 2024 Paralympic Games
Sail Canada is disappointed to learn of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) decision that was made on Thursday, Sept 13th not to include Sailing as part of the 2024 Paralympic Games.
World Sailing recently reported that Sailing is not in compliance with one or more of the core criteria for Games inclusion. World Sailing has said it will 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 were very disappointed to learn that Para Sailing will not be on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Sports Program” said Don Adams, Chief Executive Officer of Sail Canada. “Notwithstanding this decision, Sail Canada will continue to work with our partners to promote and provide sailors with disabilities the opportunity to learn to sail and to race at all levels of both national and international competitions”. With the help of our Para Sailing Working Committee, we plan to take all the necessary steps to advance Para Sailing in Canada.
Sail Canada is also looking into hosting a Para Sailing Development Clinic.
Through reports shown by World Sailing, 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.
Sail Canada had a total of 11 sailors in competition at the recent 2018 Para World Sailing Championships in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The event ran through from September 16-22, attracting over 100 sailors from 39 nations. Canadian Sailing Team athletes, John McRoberts & Scott Lutes earned a place on the podium, finishing 3rd in the RS Venture Connect.
As a sport organization, we look to the future and will continue to provide resources and development for sailors with disabilities.
About Sail Canada
Established in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing. The Association promotes sailing in all its forms including yachting through collaboration with our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations, member clubs, schools, and many individual stakeholders.