THE EXECUTIVE BOARD (EB) OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) TODAY APPROVED THE EVENT PROGRAM FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020. THE DECISION MARKS A KEY MILESTONE IN THE EVOLUTION OF THE OLYMPIC PROGRAM BY INTRODUCING YOUTH AND URBAN INNOVATIONS, SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVING GENDER EQUALITY, AND REDUCING THE OVERALL NUMBER OF ATHLETES HENCE REDUCING THE GAMES’ FOOTPRINT.
Commenting on the decision, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The fascinating new events that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 program last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic program. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women.”
The decision was made today in Lausanne by the IOC Executive Board following an IOC Programme Commission recommendation. To read the IOC’s press release in full… click here.
Good news, bad news for sailing events Tokyo Olympics 2020
(June 9, 2017) – World Sailing, the International Federation of the sport, received the news today that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed the proposed 10 sailing events for Tokyo 2020, but reduced the athlete quota for Sailing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by 30 athletes from 380 to 350.
Ten Confirmed Sailing Events for Tokyo 2020
- Men’s Windsurfer – RS:X M
- Women’s Windsurfer RS:X W
- Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser
- Women’s One Person Dinghy – Radial
- Men’s One Person Dinghy Heavy – Finn
- Men’s Skiff – 49er
- Women’s Skiff – 49er FX
- Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470 M
- Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470 W
- Mixed Two Person Multihull – Nacra 17
On the IOC’s announcement, World Sailing President Kim Andersen said, “The IOC Executive Board decision to confirm our 10 medal events for Tokyo 2020, but reduce sailing’s quota by 30 sailors is disappointing. The reduction in sailors will impact our ability to drive the development of the sport in-line with the Olympic Agenda 2020 objectives and we will now need to review the quotas for 2020 and any impact on our event programme and we will discuss this matter further with the IOC over the coming days.
At the Rio 2016 Olympics, the quotas for each event resulted in there being 217 men and 163 women. To reach gender equity, the fleet sizes for the male events will need to be cut, thus raising the bar on the quality required to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
To read more on World Sailing president comment and full article of Scuttlebutt Sailing News article in full… click here