World Sailing Announces Cancellation of 2020 Youth Sailing World Championships

May 13, 2020 (BRISTOL, R.I.) – On Wednesday, May 13, World Sailing announced the cancellation of the 2020 Youth Sailing World Championships that was scheduled to be held in Salvador, Brazil on December 12-19, 2020.

According to the organization, “World Sailing’s Board of Directors and the Confederação Brasileira de Vela (CBVela) agreed to cancel the event in anticipation of global travel restrictions and to ensure the health and well-being of athletes, coaches, parents, officials and suppliers.”

The Youth World Championships is a crucial point on the path of US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program sailors. As a result of the cancellation, US Sailing’s posted athlete selection procedures for the event are currently under review for amendments. In the meantime, US Sailing remains dedicated to the development of these athletes and classes.

“Our priority is, and always has been supporting the sailors who want to achieve excellence. We are committed to these athletes and the future of high-performance sailing in the United States,” said Leandro Spina, US Sailing’s Olympic Development Director. “We have a lot of talent in this country, and we look forward to getting back on the water at full capacity. Until then, we will adapt and find ways to continue identifying and supporting our young athletes.”

Read the full release from World Sailing.

Learn More about US Sailing’s Youth World Team Selection Procedures.


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