In a press release published yesterday by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the organization said that the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) told them their request for inclusion would not happen because the February 3 decision was final, and it would not be revisited.
Two members of ISAF’s Exeutive Board, President Carlo Croce and Vice-President Scott Perry, had a meeting with the IPC last Thursday in Bonn, Germany. It was attended by IPC Chief Executive Xavier Gonzalez and Paralympic Games Sport & NPC Services Senior Manager Juergen Padberg. The IPC re-iterated what they had told IFDS earlier, during the selection process.
The IPC also expressed their interest in continuing to work with ISAF as they apply for IPC membership. They indicated they thought the merger of IFDS and ISAF was a positive thing. ISAF leadership has indicated they plan to seek inclusion of the sport on the 2020 Paralympic program.