Tokyo 2020 will feature 52 RS:X windsurfers

April 8, 2018 | Windsurfing
Dorian van Rijsselberghe: will he fight for a medal in Tokyo 2020? | Photo: Hajduk/RSX

The qualification system for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic sailing competition has been announced.

The 2020 Summer Olympics will feature a total of 350 sailors competing in 250 boats and ten different Olympic sailing classes. They will all compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals.

The RS:X class will be represented by 52 athletes - 25 male windsurfers, and 27 female sailboarders. It is the second Olympic sailing class with the most number of participants in the competition.

Of all 52 tickets available for windsurfers, 21 places will be awarded at the 2018 Sailing World Championships, in Aarhus, Denmark, from July 30 through August 12.

One year later, the 2019 RS:X World Championships will decide 17 spots - eight for the men's division, and nine for the women's division.

As the host country, Japan receives one automatic entry for the men's event and another one for the women's competition.

Finally, six regions - Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania - will award 12 additional entries (six male, six female) to the highest-placed athletes in the continental qualification competitions.

The Olympic sailing competition will take place at the Enoshima Yacht Harbor, in the Japanese coastal city of Fujisawa, in the Kanagawa Prefecture.

Tokyo 2020 kicks off on July 24. Windsurfing will take part in the Olympic Games for the tenth time.