Yesterday, British sailing journalist Kate Laven published extracts from the ISAF/IFDS September and December 2014 minutes, which reveal that the organization put the presence of sailing on the 2020 Summer Paralympics program as a low priority.
One set of minutes put this in the last section of the meeting, appearing in the “Any Other Business” section, point B. It says “2020 Parampic Sailing Competition application, The 2020 Paralympic Sailing competition application was discussed. It was noted that IFDS needs to provide disabled sailing national participation to the IPC.” This was sandwiched between point A in section 11 saying, “The participation of disabled sailor in Lüderitz was noted.” and point B which said “IFDS Bid Document, The IFDS Bid Document was being revised. It was noted that the chairmen of the IFDS Events & Scheduling Commission will submit this to the IFDS Executive Committee.”
The other minutes referenced the application for the 2020 Summer Paralympics in section 6, which says, “It was noted that the information requested by the IPC has been submitted.” In section 7 titled “Any Other Business” referenced this application obliquiely saying in point A titled “IPC Data Collection”, “The information requested by the IPC is currently being formatted and will be sent to them prior to the deadline.”