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Refugee Olympic Team slated to compete in Tokyo - Purpose 2 Play

History was made at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio when the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) competed on the world’s stage for the first time. Now there will be a second team comprised of refugees at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“In 2016, the Rio refugee team captured the imagination of people around the world and showed the human side of the global refugee crisis through sport,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.

“I’m delighted that this tradition is to continue in Tokyo. Giving these exceptional young people the opportunity to compete at the very highest levels is admirable.”

In 2016, 10 refugees from four countries united to form their own team and compete in swimming, judo, and marathon and middle distance running events.

One such athlete is freestyle and butterfly swimmer Yusra Mardini , a 19-year-old who fled war-torn Syria by boat with her sister when their family became homeless.

During their pilgrimage to the Greek Island of Lesbos in 2015, the boat’s motor stopped working. As longtime competitive swimmers, Mardini and her sister, along with a few others, jumped in the water and pushed the boat to shore. It took them three hours, but all 20 refugees made it safely to Europe.

Eventually, Mardini and her sister worked their way to Berlin, where they lived in a refugee camp, reunited with their father and joined a local swimming club.

Today, Mardini is an official Under Armour brand ambassador.

“I shouldn’t be alive today,”Mardini said in one of the brand’s television spots . “I should have been killed by the bomb that hit the pool in Damascus. I should have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. I should have been one of the many faces who died along the way, but I am here, alive, because I kept moving.”

And she’s thrilled that she gets the chance to qualify for the team and compete in another Olympics.

“I’m proud I represented the Refugee Olympic Team once and am so happy that a team will compete in Tokyo again,” she said. “I’m going to work as hard as I can to earn a spot in the team. I wish the best of luck to all the other refugee athletes in the world.”

Source: purpose2play.com

Mixed Offshore Event added to Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition - International Sailing Federation

After a week of meetings, the AGM brought the 2018 Annual Conference to a close as they ratified the decisions made throughout the week.

At the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting in London, Great Britain, World Sailing's Council approved the following slate of Events:

Men's Windsurfer
Women's Windsurfer
New Event, Mixed One-Person Dinghy
New Event, Mixed Two Person Dinghy
New Event, Mixed Kite

They joined the following Events and their Equipment on the Paris 2024 slate:

Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser*
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial*
Women's Skiff - 49erFX
Men's Skiff - 49er
Mixed Two Person Multihull - Nacra 17
*subject to separate equipment re-evaluation

Although the decision was made, World Sailing's Regulations allowed both the Events and Equipment to be amended if 75% of Council members voted in favour of making the change.

A lengthy debate on replacing the Mixed One-Person Dinghy Event with the Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore Event was held before 31 Council members voted in favour of voting on change with eight against and two abstaining. As the 75% minimum was exceeded, Council then voted with 29 members in favour of the Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore with nine against and two abstentions.

World Sailing's Member National Authorities have the power to overturn the regulations approved by the Council.

After ratifying numerous regulation amendments over the last 12-months, a debate on reinstating the Mixed One-Person Dinghy event in place of the Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore event was held.

Members at the AGM voted with 43 voting in favour of retaining the Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore event, 17 were against and four abstained.

This confirmed the slate of Events for Paris 2024 as:

Men's Windsurfer - RS:X*
Women's Windsurfer - RS:X*
Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser*
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial*
Mixed Kite - TBC
Mixed Two Person Dinghy - TBC
Women's Skiff - 49erFX
Men's Skiff - 49er
Mixed Two Person Multihull - Nacra 17
Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore - TBC

*subject to separate equipment re-evaluation

Further decisions related to the Equipment criteria for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Events were also made on the Men's and Women's Windsurfer, the Mixed Two Person Dinghy and the Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore.

The RS: X will be the equipment for the Men's and Women's Windsurfer events.The Mixed Kiteboarding event will be on a foiling board with a RAM-Air (foil-kite) and the Mixed Two Person Dinghy event will be a non-foiling displacement boat with a headsail, mainsail and spinnaker.

A displacement monohull (non-foiling) with a shorthanded deck layout will be used for the Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore boat. The boat will be between 6-10 metres in hull length, able to perform in 4 to 40 knots with a proper sail inventory for all conditions and be a sloop rig with a spinnaker.

Equipment trials for the Mixed Kiteboarding and Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore Events will follow with the decision on the Equipment to be made at the 2019 Annual Conference.

With regards to the Mixed Two Person Dinghy event, selection of the equipment should be based on evaluation against the specified criteria without equipment trials being required. If the evaluation is concluded by the Equipment Committee well ahead of the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting, then Council will be asked to make a decision by electronic vote.

Click below for further updates from the Council meetings:

Council - 2 November 2018
Council - 3 November 2018

Following numerous reports and presentations, members of the AGM selected Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to host the 2020 Annual... Source: www.sailing.org

2024 Olympics: World Sailing Council votes Finn out - Day 1 - Sail World (press release)

A Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore will feature at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games after World Sailing's Council voted in favour of it replacing the Mixed One Person Dinghy.

The decision happened at World Sailing's 2018 Annual Conference in Sarasota, Florida, USA during the first of a two day meeting of World Sailing's Council.

A lengthy morning debate on the adoption of an Offshore event replacing the Mixed One Person Dinghy was held before a decision was made. Although Council made the decision, it will still require ratification by delegates at the Annual General Meeting.

Further decisions were made on Equipment and criteria for Paris 2024.

Paris 2024 Olympic Events

At the 2018 Mid-Year meeting the following slate of Events was approved by Council:

  • Men's Windsurfer
  • Women's Windsurfer
  • New Event, Mixed One-Person Dinghy
  • New Event, Mixed Two Person Dinghy
  • New Event, Mixed Kiteboard
They joined the following Events and their Equipment on the Paris 2024 slate:
  • Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser*
  • Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial*
  • Women's Skiff - 49erFX
  • Men's Skiff - 49er
  • Mixed Two Person Multihull - Nacra 17
*subject to separate equipment re-evaluation

Although the decision was made, World Sailing's Regulations allowed both the Events and Equipment to be amended if 75% of Council members voted in favour of making the change.

A lengthy debate on Submission 037-18 was held by members of the Council. The submission proposed that a Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore Event replace the Mixed One Person Dinghy.

31 Council members voted in favour of voting on change, eight were against and two abstained. As the 75% minimum was exceeded Council then voted on whether to approve the submission which would introduce the Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore into the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

29 Council members voted in favour of the Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore with nine against and two abstentions.

The decision will go to Sunday's Annual General Meeting for ratification.

Paris 2024 Equipment

Ahead of the Conference, World Sailing received submissions related to Equipment criteria for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Events that were approved at the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting:

  • Men's Windsurfer
  • Women's Windsurfer
  • New Event, Mixed One-Person Dinghy
  • New Event, Mixed Two Person Dinghy
  • New Event, Mixed Kiteboard
Submissions were also received on the Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore should the Event be introduced to the slate.

Council discussed the Equipment Committee's recommendations and decided that the RS:X would be retained for the Men's and Women's Windsurfer subject to a separate equipment re-evaluation.

The Mixed Kiteboarding will be on a foiling board with a RAM-Air (foil-kite) and the Mixed Two Person Dinghy will be a non-foiling displacement boat with a headsail, mainsail and spinnaker.

Following the Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore replacing the Mixed One Person Dinghy, Council voted on the Offshore Keelboat Equipment. At Paris 2024 the boat used will be a displacement monohull (non-foiling) with a shorthanded deck layout. The boat will be between 6-10 metres in hull length, able to perform in 4 to 40 knots with a proper sail inventory for all conditions and be a sloop rig with a spinnaker.

Equipment trials for the Mixed Kiteboarding, Mixed Two Person Dinghy and Mixed Two Person Keelboat Offshore will follow with the decision on the Equipment to be made at the 2019 Annual Conference.

President's Report

World Sailing President Kim Andersen opened the meeting by delivering the President's Speech. Andersen reflected on his...

Source: www.sail-world.com









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