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World Sailing announces the cancellation of the 2020 Youth Sailing World Championships

May 13, 2020 (BRISTOL, RI) – On Wednesday May 13, World Sailing announced the cancellation of the 2020 Youth Sailing World Championships which were scheduled to be held in Salvador, Brazil from December 12-19, 2020.

According to the organization, “The World Sailing Board of Directors and the Confederação Brasileira de Vela (CBVela) have agreed to cancel the event in anticipation of global travel restrictions and to ensure the health and well-being of athletes, coaches, parents, officials and suppliers.”

The Youth World Championships are a crucial step on the journey for sailors in the US Sailing Olympic Development Program. Following the cancellation, US Sailing’s published athlete selection procedures for the event are currently under review for changes. In the meantime, US Sailing remains dedicated to the development of these athletes and these classes.

“Our priority is and always has been to support sailors who want to achieve excellence. We are committed to these athletes and the future of high performance sailing in the United States,” said Leandro Spina, Director of Olympic Development for US Sailing. “We have a lot of talent in this country and we can’t wait to get back on the water at full capacity. Until then, we will adapt and find ways to continue to identify and support our young athletes.

Read the full press release from World Sailing.

Learn more about US Sailing World Youth Team selection procedures.


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