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World Sailing to bid for para sailing inclusion at LA 2028

World Sailing has signalled its intention to bid for para sailing’s inclusion at the 2028 Paralympics in Los Angeles after missing out on a spot at the 2024 Games in Paris.

World Sailing announced today (Friday) that it is reviewing its strategy for para sailing as it seeks to continue to grow, promote and develop the discipline worldwide. The strategy will include a bid for inclusion at LA 2028.

World Sailing has strived to work with member national authorities to continue growing para sailing. The organisation also noted that the number of nations with para sailors competing in international events has increased by 30 per cent over the past five years, thanks to participation in Para Sailing Development Programs (PDPs) and the Emerging Nations Support Program (ENP).

The body will also focus on increasing the inclusion of para sailing in regional Games and competitions, while it has undertaken a “much-needed” review of the schedule of events for World and Regional Para Sailing Championships.

The Para World Sailing Championships will now take place alongside the 10 Olympic disciplines at the Combined Sailing World Championship every four years. The 2022 Combined Sailing World Championships in the Dutch city of The Hague will include all para sailing classes.

World Sailing had applied for the inclusion of para-sailing at the Paris 2024 Paralympics but the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) ultimately opted to retain the same sports programme that will be in place for Tokyo 2020.

Sailing, along with Cerebral Palsy Football, golf, karate, para dance sport and powerchair football, was one of six sports that progressed to Phase Two of the Paris 2024 selection process. Only CP Football survived a further cut but the IPC was unable to find room for the sport, stating that it would have impacted the gender balance of the Games.