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Sailing axed from Paralympics 2020
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC)’s decision to drop sailing from Tokyo 2020 has led to dispute with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as well as many discontented Britons.
Sir Philip Craven, President of the IPC, claimed that sailing, along with seven-a-side football, were axed because they did not meet the "minimum criteria for worldwide reach".
Britain is leading the campaign in protest and hope to overturn the decision through the launch of a petition; one which saw 4,000 people sign up to within 24hours of its release.
The ISAF argue that "Sailing adds a unique element to Paralympic sport through open events that include athletes with a broad range of disabilities."
It has been included as a Paralympic sport since its debut at Sydney, 2000 and "At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, 23 nations from four continents were represented across the three Paralympic events.”
With the successes at London 2012 where Britain finished joint top of the medals table thanks to a gold and bronze medals in the three classes, this comes as devastating news for the sport of disabled sailing worldwide and creates a major setback in direction for those athletes working hard to achieve their goals.
Taekwondo is going to be introduced as the new sport at the 2020 Paralympics but currently only 22 out of a maximum possible 23 sports have been agreed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic programme.
Will Britain and the ISAF be able to reverse the IPC’s decision and restore Paralympic sailing?
To join the petition: http://chn.ge/1zMWwpb