World Sailing response to joint IOC and Tokyo 2020 statement
The International Olympic Committee and
the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee issued a joint statement announcing
the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Available on the IOC website here, the
statement read, “In the
present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO
today,the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded
that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a
date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021 , to safeguard the health
of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, supports the IOC
and Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee decision to ensure the health and
well-being of athletes, fans and support personnel worldwide.
President Kim Andersen and the World Sailing Executive Office are in
direct communication with the IOC Sports Department. The IOC are engaging
with World Sailing to develop the necessary plans in full partnership and
to ensure full transparency with a focus on information for World Sailing
and the athletes.
In the short term, World Sailing will not hold Olympic qualification
events for Africa, Asia or Europe. World Sailing is working with the IOC
on an update to the qualification system where our recommendation will be
to look at hosting qualifications events in late 2020 or early 2021.
World Sailing will now work with the IOC and Tokyo 2020 on timing of the
postponed Olympic Games, necessary adaptations to Games delivery plans
and Olympic qualification systems.
Following the IOC decision, World Sailing is working closely with the
Japanese Sailing Federation, the Organising Committee of the 2020 Hempel
World Cup Series Final, and will communicate decisions on the 2021 event
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