Malaysia faces exclusion from World Sailing

January 13, 2016 | Windsurfing
Yoav Omer: Malaysia didn't want him in the country | Photo: RS:X Class

Malaysia might be banned from World Sailing after prohibiting two Israeli windsurfers from competing at the Youth Sailing World Championships held in Langkawi.

The world governing body for the sport of sailing, with the full co-operation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), investigated the incidents in which two top-ranked RS:X windsurfers from Israel - Yoav Omer and Noy Drihan - were not allowed to enter Malaysia in late December 2015.

Before reaching a final decision, World Sailing write to both the Malaysian Sailing Association and the Israel Yachting Association and address the conclusions reached in the London meeting.

The world governing body for the sport of sailing will decide whether to cancel Malaysia's membership of World Sailing, keep Malaysia out as a future venue, or deny the appointment of World Sailing race officials to future regattas in the country.

"There is no place for discrimination of any kind in the worldwide sport of sailing and an obligation of membership of World Sailing is to act without discrimination. This applies equally to National Authorities, Regional Associations, and Classes," notes the organization led by Andy Hunt.

"World Sailing will communicate with already-selected venues for forthcoming World Sailing Championships to ensure these championships will permit full and equal participation by all. These include Oman 2016, Israel 2017 and Corpus Christi 2018."

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