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RYA responds to IOC decision on Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat

Written by 11th June 2021 Featured-post, Paris 2024, Team news

Men’s and Women’s Kiteboarding (Formula Kite) have been approved by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Executive Board for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition on June 10, 2021, replacing the Mixed Kiteboarding and Mixed Offshore Events previously selected by members of World Sailing.

Click here for the full release from World Sailing.

Ian Walker, the RYA’s Director of Racing, said: “We’re saddened that the Mixed Doublehanded Offshore Event proposed by World Sailing has been rejected by the IOC, but relieved that sailing has retained all ten Olympic medals.

“It will come as disappointing news to those sailors who committed early to the new offshore mixed doubles event and is yet another challenge for the offshore community that have been hit hard by Covid 19. However doublehanded sailing was growing in popularity well before the World Sailing decision to include it in the slate of events for 2024 so I very much hope that we will still see that growth continue.

“The news that kitefoiling will now have individual medals is very exciting for our kitefoiling community, but this announcement is a blow to those sailors who have formed mixed teams and started their campaigns with a view to representing Great Britain at Paris 2024.”

Mark Robinson, British Sailing Team Performance Manager, added: “Right now we are very focussed on Tokyo 2020, but we also have athletes already pushing hard for 2024. With only two years to go until Paris 2024 qualification begins, I am pleased that we finally have some clarity on the events. I really feel for those who had committed to the offshore mixed doubles event but look forward to re-doubling our efforts with the kites.”