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World Sailing appoints leading sports governance professional as Director of Legal and Governance

World Sailing appoints leading sports governance professional as Director of Legal and Governance

by World Sailing Aug 26 07:33 PDT

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Urvasi Naidoo – new director of legal affairs and governance © World Sailing

World Sailing has appointed Urvasi Naidoo, a sports lawyer and governance professional, as Director of Legal Affairs and Governance.

In the role of Director of Legal Affairs and Governance, Urvasi will be responsible for providing legal advice to World Sailing group companies and supporting World Sailing compliance and governance in all areas. This includes advising and supporting the board of directors, management team, board, committees, commissions and judicial counsel on matters relating to corporate governance, the constitution and bylaws of World Sailing, sports integrity, anti-doping, contracts and intellectual property.

As World Sailing continues its commitment to developing the sport globally, Urvasi’s appointment also strengthens the support and guidance available to Member National Authorities and the international sailing community.

Urvasi joins World Sailing from the Commonwealth Games Federation. She has over 20 years of experience in the sports industry having worked for the International Cricket Council, Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics, London 2012 Olympics, World Netball , British Canoeing and the International Cycling Union. She is an independent member of the Ethics Committee of the International Tennis Federation and is also a non-executive director of Surrey County Cricket Club.

David Graham, CEO of World Sailing, said: “The appointment of Urvasi as Director of Legal Affairs and Governance is an important milestone for World Sailing and the entire international sailing community.

“Urvasi brings a wealth of professional experience across all sports that will be integral to the long-term development of sailing, both commercially and on the water, while helping to maintain the integrity of competition and the safety of sailors. of the whole world.

“We are delighted to welcome Urvasi to World Sailing and look forward to working together to achieve our strategic goals.”

Urvasi Naidoo said: “After three incredible years with the Commonwealth Games Federation, culminating in the glorious Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022, I am delighted to begin a new challenge at World Sailing. It is an exciting time to join World Sailing. Sailing, their commitment to modernizing governance processes and their goals of fairness, accessibility and sustainability presents an exciting opportunity to shape the future of a major global sport.”

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