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The Hague lands Sailing World Championships

The Hague in the Netherlands has been selected to host the 2022 Sailing World Championships.

The tournament will serve as the principal qualifying event for the Paris 2024 summer Olympic Games and will feature more than 1,400 competitors over a two-week period in August 2022.

The Hague overcame a rival bid by Auckland in New Zealand. World Sailing’s evaluation commission received formal presentations from the bid cities in March and a recommendation was submitted to World Sailing’s board of directors on Friday.

The championships will be organised through a joint collaboration between World Sailing, the Royal Netherlands Yachting Union, the local municipality and TIG Sports.

“World Sailing received two final bids that were of the highest quality,” World Sailing president Kim Andersen said. “The Hague and Auckland presented ambitious visions for the Sailing World Championships with the sailors, spectator experience and world-class organisation at the heart of their bids.

“The Hague showcased an outstanding city based venue, experienced organising committee and established partners, who are all committed to raising the bar on previous Sailing World Championships. We look forward to welcoming the team to this summer's Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark to learn from the event and take it to the next level in 2022.”

The most recent edition of the Sailing World Championships was held four years ago in Santander, Spain.