BACKGROUND INFORMATION TO 2024 EVENTS AND EQUIPMENT REVIEW
The need for evolution of the Olympic Programme is recognized, balanced with the need to retain an inclusive, accessible and universal sport.
On 18 November 2014, the International Olympic Committee published their vision for the future of the Olympic Games - called Olympic Agenda 2020. Olympic Agenda 2020 sets out 40 proposals that make up Olympic Agenda 2020, a strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. International Federations were asked to reflect on the requirements of Agenda 2020 as they made recommendations on their programmes at the Olympic Games. Key themes included:
- Moving from a sport-based to an event-based programme
- Fostering gender equality
Every four years the events and equipment for the future Olympic Games is reviewed, normally scheduled to give a 7-8 year lead time to make decisions on events, with at least a lead time of 5 years to decide any new equipment. There have been some changes to the review process for the 2024 Olympic Games, compared to what was initially anticipated. The information below is intended to give a general overivew of the background to this revised review process, the review process itself and the next decisions to be made.
Scroll down to read through the timeline of the World Saiing decision making process to decide the final ten events for the 2024 Olympic Games.
BACKGROUND - in 2017, the World Sailing Board led a change to the review and decision making process on the events and equipment for the 2024 Olympic Games, to defer the first stage of the events and equipment decisions from the World Sailing Conference in November 2017 to the World Sailing Mid-Year Meeting in May 2018. The reasoning was in order to have a strategic discussion at the World Sailing Conference, ahead of any decisions being taken. The main outcome of the discussions in November 2017 was to ensure there were a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 mixed events at the Olympic Games, in order to ensure the stated IOC requirement for gender equity at an event and athlete level could be met.
In a further change to the anticipated review and decision making process scheduled to be held at the Mid-Year Meeting in May 2018, on 13 December 2017 the World Sailing Board announced that the first stage of the review of events and equipment for the 2024 Olympic Games would be held be brought forward and be held by email vote, rather than at the face to face meeting in May 2018. In a change to the customary submission process to propose events and equipment, the WS Board appointed an Events and Equipment Working Party to prepare a recommendation on the events and equipment to be retained and put for review.
On 12 January 2018, the World Sailing Board announced the Events and Equipment which would be reviewed based on the World Sailing Antitrust Policy.
World Sailing also published a 'Events & Equipment Selection Procedure FAQs' to answer questions about the process and invite questions. The extent and content of questions is an indication of the concern and interest on the decision process, and there still remain questions unanswered.
The Events and Equipment Working Party recommendation was put to the Events Committee during the latter party of January 2018, who considered the recommendation by telephone conference and email vote. The Events Committee approval to the recommendation was published on 1 February 2018 – including reasoning as to why five events were retained and five events put up for review.in mid-February was put to the Council for a decision. By email vote, Council voted to approve the Events and Equipment Working Party recommendation on a vote of 21 in favour, 17 against, 2 abstentions, and the following decision was announced on 19 February 2018:
Events/Equipment to Retain
Men's One Person Dinghy
Women's One Person Dinghy
Events/Equipment to Review
Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavyweight
Men’s Two Person Dinghy
Women’s Two Person Dinghy
The Council is made up of:
- President and Vice Presidents – known as the Board who are elected, as well as the representative of the Athletes Commission (8 representatives)
- MNA Delegates – who represent geographic groups of MNAs, and are appointed by Member National Authorities
- Discipline Representation - and four discipline specific representatives, being one of each of Offshore Sailing, Para World Sailing, World Sailing Classes and the Women’s Forum.
Click on links below to read World Sailing information and statements:
12 December 2017 - 2024 Events and Equipment statement - http://www.sailing.org/news/85767.php
13 December 2017 - World Sailing equipment selection process for Paris 2024 - http://www.sailing.org/news/85774.php
12 January 2018 - World Sailing confirms Olympic Events for Antitrust review - http://www.sailing.org/news/85910.php
1 February 2018 – World Sailing Events Committee Minutes - http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/EventsCommitteeMinutes01.02.18Final-.pdf
8 February 2018 - Events & Equipment Selection Procedure FAQs
UPDATE MAY 2018 – With five events now up for review - Men’s Windsurfer, Women’s Windsurfer, Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavyweight, Men’s Two Person Dinghy, Women’s Two Person Dinghy - ahead of the 2018 World Sailing Mid-Year Meeting and in line with the regulations submissions were made to World Sailing proposing what the remaining five events on the Olympic Programme should be and whether the equipment should be retained, evolved or new equipment trialled and selected. 59 submissions were received, and considered by World Sailing in addition to the deferred submissions from November 2017.
At the 2018 World Sailing Mid-Year Meeting, 10-15 May, in London, Great Britain, World Sailing debated and decided on the submissions in order to decide the remaining 5 events and equipment for the 2024 Olympic Games. Submission M22-18 was approved and the five events under review were decided as:
New Event, Mixed One-Person Dinghy
New Event, Mixed Two-Person Dinghy
New Event, Mixed Kite
UPDATE NOVEMBER 2018 - At the 2018 World Sailing Conference in November 2018, World Sailing was due to decide the equipment for the five events decided in May 2018 and submissions to this effect were put forward. However, two urgent submissions from the Board - 037-18 and 058-18 - sought to change theNew Event of Mixed One-Person Dinghy previously approved in May 2018 to a Mixed Two-Person Keelboat. Although a decision was made in May 2018, World Sailing's Regulations allow both the Events and Equipment to be amended at the 2018 Annual Conference by World Sailing's Council before ratification at the AGM. In order to change a decision already taken on an Olympic event in May 2018, a vote of 75% in favour was required majority by the World Sailing Council. This vote was achieved, and subsequently the World Sailing Annual General Meeting delegates (one nation = one vote) were invited to debate and vote on the proposal from the World Sailing Council meeting of 1 November 2018 to include the new Mixed Keelboat Offshore event. This proposal was approved by the AGM who confirmed the final 2024 Olympic events/equipment line-up as follows:
Men’s Windsurfer – equipment evaluation
Women’s Windsurfer – equipment evaluation
Mixed Kite – equipment evaluation
Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser (re-evaluation)
Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial (re-evaluation)
Mixed One Person Dinghy – Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore
Mixed Two Person Dinghy – equipment evaluation
Men’s Skiff – 49er
Women’s Skiff – 49erFX
Mixed Multihull – Nacra 17
World Sailing has confirmed it will select the equipment for the Mixed Two-Person Dinghy as soon as possible. However, the equipment selection process obliges World Sailing to invite interested parties to submit their interest in line with the approved equipment specification criteria, which has been confirmed as:
“Equipment Criteria for Mixed Two Person Dinghy:
Boat concept: Displacement (Non-Foiling)
Skipper weight range: 50 - 70 kg.
Crew weight range: 65 - 80 kg.
Sail size: Mainsail 9 - 10 m2. Jib: 3 - 4 m2 Spinnaker: 13 - 14 m2
Sail types: Mainsail, headsail and spinnaker
Suitable wind range for competition: 5 - 35 knots.
Builder / Class structure: Measurement controlled
Format proposal: Various options for fleet racing – trapezoid, windward/leeward, triangle
courses, downwind slalom and/or middle gates.
Other Equipment considerations: Glass fibre reinforced with polyester construction,
symmetrical spinnaker, single trapeze rig, class rules to permit adjustable and optionally
arranged rig and sail control systems.”
In respect of the next steps in the process to select the equipment, Council has approved an evaluation procedure which will be based on evaluation against the equipment criteria, so there will not be any equipment trials. The importance of urgently selecting equipment to remove any uncertainty for the future is acknowledged. The evaluation will be undertaken by the Equipment Committee and is scheduled to take place as soon as possible, in order that the equipment can be selected well ahead of the 2019 World Sailing Mid-Year Meeting. Click here to read the World Sailing report
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