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World Sailing refines its position in Ukraine >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Published on April 19, 2022

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

In a press release published on April 18, 2022, the World Sailing Board:

• Set in motion the processes and approvals of its stakeholders to allow in extraordinary circumstances the temporary suspension of the participation of members of committees, commissions, working groups, the Council and any other relevant body of World Sailing.
• Clarify that its position regarding 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 person or entity.

The Board considers these to be proportionate and appropriate measures for our sport and the World Sailing legal team is currently working on the necessary next steps, which will include:

• Review the World Sailing constitution and all applicable regulations to ensure that due process is followed; and
• Prepare regulatory and constitutional changes for approval by Council and Member National Authorities (respectively).

The World Sailing Board aims to complete this deal before the mid-year meeting which is due to take place in Abu Dhabi from May 26-29, 2022.

Keywords: Ukraine crisis, World Sailing