Statement from the Finn Class following 2019 World Sailing Conference
The International Finn Association delegation to the 2019 World
Sailing Annual Conference in Bermuda has returned empty handed. The
eight submissions to reinstate the Finn in the slate for the 2024
Olympic Games were rejected by both the committees and the Council.
The IFA is disappointed that it did not get the support of the World
Sailing Council to debate and vote on its submissions. The submissions
were very complex but that was necessary because of the complex World
This complexity allowed people that didn’t support the Finn within World
Sailing to influence the process and spread disinformation. All of this
may have been resolved through the new governance reforms so it is
disappointing that this was also rejected.
However, despite the rejections, the Finn class did receive a lot of
advice and support from board members, councillors and committee members
throughout the week, though unfortunately that support did not
translate into votes around the table. What the Finn delegation did
take from away the conference was that there is hope for a return, even
if not at the current juncture. The overwhelming response from other
delegates was that the Finn was an essential element of the Olympic
Games and many hoped that it would return.
British sailor Hector Simpson made a heartfelt plea to the Equipment and
Events Committees, speaking on behalf of the Finn Class submissions. As
one of the many young Finn hopefuls that have lost their hope of
sailing at the Olympics, he made a passionate and emotional case that
struck a chord with many in the room. The Finn Class would like to thank
him, as well as, Hungarian Finn sailor Doma Nemeth, for their time and
energy over the past week.
The Finn Class looks forward to continue working with World Sailing as
an Olympic Class over the coming months to make sure the 2020 Olympic
Games is a huge success that showcases sailing and the Finn’s amazing
athletes to the full.
World Sailing has a lot of questions to answer after this week’s
conference and the class will carefully watch what happens next to find
any opportunity it can to create opportunities for Finn sailors to
compete at the 2024 Olympics.