World Sailing: All bark, No bite?

Published on January 6th, 2023

Past World Sailing President Kim Andersen may have received redemption when it was found that members of the World Sailing Ethics Committee had conspired against him, but will this finding be all bark and no bite? Here’s an update from inside the games:

International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president Ng Ser Miang has dismissed a legal finding that he interfered in the World Sailing election in 2020.

The Singaporean was handed a fine of €1,000 (£885/$1,100) and served with an official warning after being found guilty by an Independent Panel, along with former World Sailing Ethics Commission chairman Dieter Neupert, a Swiss lawyer.

The Panel, chaired by London-based lawyer and former Premier League footballer Gareth Farrelly, found both guilty of failing to act with integrity and interfering in the election which saw then-President Kim Andersen of Denmark narrowly defeated.

“I resigned from the World Sailing Ethics Commission in December 2020,” the 73-year-old Ser Miang, a former sailor, told the Straits Times. “I served the World Sailing Ethics Commission as a volunteer and have done so without fear and favor, and in full compliance with its rules and regulations.

“World Sailing has no jurisdiction over me after December 2020. I have not taken part in any of their proceedings and reject any allegations and sanctions made against me by World Sailing.” – Full report

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