— Published 17 May 2021

Offshore racing remains the first choice


During a videoconference meeting at the end of last week, the Council of the International Sailing Federation (World Sailing) discussed offshore racing’s Olympic future. And decided, without real surprise, to keep the discipline as its first choice of the ten sailing classes for the Paris 2024 Olympics. But the body chaired by the Chinese Quanhai Li also had to determine one or more alternatives to submit to the IOC by May 28th. After a long process and two successive votes, World Sailing opted for kitesurfing, male and female, as the first alternative, and for the 470, male and female, as the second. Both options will be proposed to the IOC to eventually replace offshore racing in the 2024 Paris Games program. But David Graham, the CEO of World Sailing, repeated after the Council meeting: “Offshore racing was democratically chosen by our members, it remains our first choice for Paris 2024. We have made this known to the IOC and we will continue to do so.” As a reminder, the IOC has asked World Sailing to propose at least one alternative to offshore racing, a new discipline that the Olympic body considers not very relevant for the Paris 2024 Games, for safety and broadcasting reasons.