World Sailing turns up the heat

Published on March 1st, 2022

A day after issuing a soft statement of concern and support, World Sailing has heightened its commitment to the world sporting community in regard to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Here’s the stronger stance they issued on March 1, 2022:


Today World Sailing joined the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and global sports organizations in taking the decision to suspend participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials in World Sailing owned and sanctioned competitions and events until further notice.

By implementing these measures, World Sailing is supporting a united and coordinated approach within the global sports movement.

This decision is in line with the IOC Executive Board’s recommendation, aimed at preserving the integrity of competitions and ensuring the safety of all participants, and has been unanimously agreed by the World Sailing Executive Board.

We are now strongly urging our Member National Authorities, Class Associations, affiliated bodies, and all event organizers to implement the measure to suspend the participation of Russian or Belarusian athletes and officials in their respective events and competitions.

Where this is not possible, due to short time frames, for organizational, or legal reasons, World Sailing, in line with the IOC Executive Board recommendation, is advising event organizers do everything in their power to ensure that Russian or Belarusian athletes (be it as individuals or teams), and officials participate neutrally, without national symbols, colors, flags, or anthems.

Both on and off the water, our sport is united by the values of equality, inclusion, respect and fairness.

We are now asking our sailing family to come together as a sporting force for good by working with us at this incredibly difficult time.

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