This is part of a series of continuing articles about sailing and the 2020 Paralympic Games inclusion efforts. See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Commentary: Sailing: What now that the community understands 2020 is gone?, IPC tells sailing their 2020 Paralympic dreams are over, and the most recent news.
An e-mail from the International Paralympic Committee’s Director of Media and Communications Craig Spence to ParaSport News today said that the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOOOPG) cannot appeal the decision regarding sailing’s inclusion on the 2020 Summer Paralympic program. This differs from the situation with the situation with Olympics, where the Olympic Agenda 2020 allows the organizers to have some say over which sports are included on the program.
According to Spence, the IPC told ISAF at last week’s meeting that they need to work on growing the sport’s global participation in order to meet the IPC’s inclusion criteria for minimum participation by country, with the goal of getting their in time for potential inclusion on the 2024 program. The IPC also expressed that they “were also encouraged that ISAF is taking the lead on the project going forward.”
Sailing was cut from the 2020 Paralympic program in early February, for reasons including not meeting the eligibility requirements based on global reach. The IPC Handbook stipulates that individual sport must be practiced by at least 32 countries in three of the IPC’s continental zones. A ParaSport News analysis confirmed this, with regular international participation by national disability sailing teams being well below that threshold and 7-a-side football having a better case than sailing anyhow based on participation data.