ISAF Disabled Sailing Committee Statement
The ISAF Disabled Sailing
Committee (IFDS) is profoundly disappointed by the decision of the International
Paralympic Committee (IPC) to exclude sailing from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic
IFDS responded in a timely and comprehensive manner to queries from IPC, with
details of sailors that participate regularly in international regattas or
national championships, on Paralympic boats.
IFDS ensures an extensive quadrennial program of international competitions
replicating the Olympic Program organized by the International Sailing
Federation (ISAF), including ISAF Sailing World Cup. IFDS sanctions and
organizes yearly Combined World Championships in the Paralympic classes.
Development has resulted in the regular addition of new countries to
competitive sailing. The process of merging with ISAF (with a membership of
139 Member National Authorities) was completed in November of 2014, with the
main aim of opening a whole new field for the development of disabled
sailing. During the period of pre-merging, ISAF always respected the
independence of IFDS decisions. Through ISAF’s development programmes, worldwide
participation initiatives and event structure, the opportunities for disabled
sailing are better than ever before.
IFDS fully appreciates how devastated all the stakeholders are by IPC's
decision, be they sailors, coaches, sponsors, National Sailing or Paralympic
Now ISAF will promptly address any items identified by the IPC in a bid to
reinstate sailing back into the Paralympic Games as soon as possible.
Here is a link to the petition to reinstate Paralympic sailing
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