World Sailing’s Council met for the first day of a two day meeting on Monday 14 May at World Sailing’s Mid-Year Meeting in London, Great Britain.
Discussions on Paris 2024 Olympic Events, Para World Sailing Events and Formats, Sustainability Agenda 2030 and safety reporting were held.
Following a lengthy debate and decision making process, the Events for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games were confirmed.
Ahead of the meeting, it was announced that the following Events and their Equipment would remain unchanged.
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
World Sailing’s Council debated the remaining five Events at Paris 2024 and confirmed that the remaining five Events would be:
New Event, Mixed One-Person Dinghy
New Event, Mixed Two Person Dinghy
New Event, Mixed Kite
Further information on the process is below:
Paris 2024 Olympic Events
Fifty six submissions relating to Paris 2024 Olympic Events were presented to World Sailing’s Council following the withdrawal of M42, M43 and M63. World Sailing’s Council members received recommendations on the submissions from the:
– Board – http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/BoardYellowPaper-.pdf
– Constitution Committee – http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/ConstitutionCommitteeYellowPaper-.pdf
– Events Committee – http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/EventsCommitteeYellowPaper-.pdf
– Equipment Committee – http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/EquipmentCommitteeYellowPaper-.pdf
Each Council member was invited to speak for up to three minutes on the 2024 Olympic Events. Starting with members from Group A, statements were delivered from each Council member representing the groups followed by Offshore, Women’s Forum, Class Association and Para World Sailing representatives. World Sailing’s Vice Presidents’ and the Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission followed and the statements concluded with the President.
The first stage of the process saw Sarah Kenny, Events Committee Chair, present her Committee’s recommendations to the Council.
The first recommendation was to proceed on the basis that all Equipment proposals be deferred until the 2018 Annual Conference. Following the final Event decision made by the Council at the Mid-Year meeting, the Equipment Committee will need to consider the relevant Equipment criteria and the Events Committee will have to consider the format options for the Events. This was agreed by Council and this means all Equipment decisions are deferred to the 2018 Annual Conference. This means the current options open for consideration in November are:
Men’s Windsurfer – Current equipment can be retained, evolved or new equipment chosen
Women’s Windsurfer – Current equipment can be retained, evolved or new equipment chosen
New Event, Mixed One-Person Dinghy – New Equipment must be selected.*
New Event, Mixed Two Person Dinghy – New Equipment must be selected.*
New Event, Mixed Kite – New Equipment must be selected.*
*New equipment is chosen following equipment trials. Submissions for the 2018 Annual Conference must summarise the main criteria to be used in selecting any new equipment
The second Event Committee’s recommendation to approve submission M36-18 was rejected.
In the next stage of the process, each submission was called out in numerical order and submissions M09, M14, M18, M22, M24, M36, M37, M40, M44, M54, M56, M58, M64 and M67 all received a proposer and a seconder. The existing Events and Equipment that will be used at Tokyo 2020 were also an option.
Official representatives of submitters were invited to present a short statement to the Council. During the statements, submission M64 was withdrawn.
Council members then moved into a vote.
For a submission to be successful, it would require more than 50% of the votes cast. If no submission received more than 50%, then submissions would be eliminated. Any submission that received zero votes would be automatically eliminated and the submission which received the fewest number would then be eliminated. In the event of a tie, a run-off ballot would be held.
In the first round, M09, M14, M40, M54, M58, M67 and the option to retain the 2020 Events and Equipment were rejected and M18, M22, M36, M37 and M44 were retained.
A tie break run off was held between M24 and M56 with M56 progressing to the next stage.
The vote between M18, M22, M36, M37, M44 and M56 saw M18, M22 and M36 retained and M37 and M44 moved into a run-off vote. M44 was retained.
M18, M22, M36 and M44 moved into the next vote and M18, M22 and M36 were retained.
M36 was subsequently rejected and it went down to the final vote.
M22 was selected by 22 votes to 19 votes. This net effect of all decisions leads to the lists set out above.
For the Events where new Equipment is required, an Olympic Equipment evaluation process will be held. Further information on the process will follow.