World Sailing refines Ukraine position

Published on April 19th, 2022

Following World Sailing’s decision on March 1, 2022 to suspend the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials in World Sailing owned and sanctioned competitions and events until further notice, the World Sailing Board met on April 6, 2022 to further refine its position.

In a statement issued on April 18, 2022, the World Sailing Board will:

• Set in motion the processes and approvals from its stakeholders to enable in extraordinary circumstances the temporary suspension of the participation of members of committees, commissions, working parties, the Council and any other relevant body of World Sailing.
• Clarify that its position in relation to the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus also excludes the participation of any boat owned or effectively controlled or managed by a Russian or Belarusian individual or entity.

The Board considers these to be proportionate measures appropriate to our sport and the World Sailing Legal Team is now working through the necessary next steps, which will include:

• Reviewing World Sailing’s constitution and all applicable Regulations to ensure due process is followed; and
• Preparing regulatory and constitutional changes for approval by Council and Member National Authorities (respectively).

The World Sailing Board is aiming to conclude this matter in advance of the Mid-Year meeting due to take place in Abu Dhabi on May 26-29, 2022.

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