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no rings for you

From the International 49er Class…
Sailing is facing very tough issues right now. The Olympic movement has already removed Paralympic sailing from 2020 and given World Sailing a clear warning to make sailing:
More universal (more countries participating)
50-50 gender equity
Increase the appeal to youth (largely seen as a request to make sailing interesting/attractive)
There have been years of slow progress in World Sailing often traced to MNA’s protecting their competitive edge in Olympic competition instead of pursuing reforms for the best interest of the sport. The IOC is threatening to remove sailing events and/or reduce sailor quotas if World Sailing does not make significant progress for 2020. The IOC recently added 5 events and 485 athletes (baseball/softball, surfing, skateboarding, rock climbing, and karate) all 50-50, and all with great ‘sport presentation’ possibilities. Given the IOC will not go above 10,500 athletes in total, sailing really should be worried.
June 1st, 2016 was the final day for MNA’s to accept or reject their Olympic berths. It should have been a day to review the full competitor lists for Rio. Instead, it marks a day of heartbreak for two top skiff teams. Stunning news came from SSF (Sweden) and Sailing Australia saying they will not send teams to Rio in the 49er & 49erFX respectively. While the IOC looks for serious reform from sailing, sailing leadership continues to make news on small ball issues.
Carl Sylvan and Marcus Anjemark (SWE) finished in 12th place at the 2016 World Championship out of a full field of the worlds best. Further, they won the Bronze medal at the Sailing World Cup Miami 2016 in an almost complete field. The Swedish duo, and squad in general, has put up solid if not outstanding results all quadrennial long. The SSF takes its lead from the Swedish Olympic Committee and requires all Olympic participants hit the standard where they could finish within the top 8. Sylvan/Anjemark was not deemed to have met this standard and board of the SSF upheld the decision. The Swedish Olympic system has this common top 8 benchmark in all Olympic sports and it has been like this for close to 30 years.
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