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in the backdoor

On the day the Olympics begin, World Sailing CEO Andy Hunt sends an email outlining the plans for addressing the classes for the 2020 Olympics. As is typical of any organization who wants to hide bad news, you do so at a time when many are otherwise distracted. Like Christmas morning. What better day to do this than the day the Olympics begins, otherwise known as Christmas morning for Olympic sailors?
Forget the fact that as of the time this is written, Tuesday morning, the World Sailing website still does not have the results of yesterday’s racing tabulated, sailors are listed alphabetically, not according to low point totals. Worse, Lijia Xu the defending Laser Radial Gold medalist from China was tossed out of the second race, but the News section of the World Sailing site still has no mention of this fact.
Not only is World Sailing sending out an email about classes for 2020 on the day the Olympics begin, they also artificially compress the timeline for a response by the classes. Worse, they are hiring a consultant, PWC, to tell them what they want to hear, who just happens to be Swiss based. Where is the IOC based? Switzerland. Coincidence? You decide.
Of course, there is no real solid reason given for any of this, just lots of pithy corporate-speak. Speculation by more than a few informed sources suggests it is the 470 and Finn which are in danger of being flicked, and being replaced by some version of kites/foilers. Maybe mens and women kites and the Moth to replace them.
There’s really nothing wrong with having a discussion about what classes should be in the Olympics, but to do so under the cover of a baseline set by a consulting firm whose motives are different than the culture of the sport that will have to support their conclusions is just wrong, and likely counterproductive to the best interest of the health of the sport overall.
But then consider World Sailing can’t even tabulate results or update an important news story for the event that pays their bills. If the CEO World Sailing can’t insure the timely and proper reporting of results for the regatta that gives the organization their reason for being, how can anyone assume he can be replied upon for anything else of importance to the greater good of the sport? – Peter Huston.