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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.

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 unexpectedly 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.

In the meantime, 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 latest version is dated 8 February 2018. 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. This decision was announced on 19 February 2018, and is:

Events/Equipment to Retain
Men's One Person Dinghy
Women's One Person Dinghy
Men's Skiff
Women's Skiff
Mixed Multihull

Events/Equipment to Review
Men’s Windsurfer
Women’s Windsurfer
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.

Interestingly, if one notes the number of nations represented by each Council Member (Council Members represent groupings of countries), then there were far more countries who voted to reject the Events Committee recommendation than those in favour.

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-[23575].pdf
8 February 2018 - Events & Equipment Selection Procedure FAQs

CURRENT SITUATION – 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 - in line with the regulations submissions have been received by 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 have been received, which shall be considered by World Sailing in addition to the deferred submissions from November 2017.

Take a read of the Submissions, by clicking on the following link and then selecting ‘Papers’ and then ‘Submissions’:
http://www.sailing.org/meetings/mid-year-2018.php

NEXT WORLD SAILING DECISION - at the 2018 World Sailing Mid-Year Meeting, 10-15 May, in London, Great Britain, World Sailing will debate and decide on the submissions in order to decide the remaining 5 events and equipment for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Make your views heard on why you feel the 470 should be the equipment selected for the Two-Person Dinghy Men and Two-Person Dinghy Women events by contacting your Member National Authority and Council Members.

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