We have just celebrated Rio 2016. But that’s only the beginning. It is time for us to look forward to the Tokyo 2020 already. As far as sailing is concerned, Andy Hunt, the World Sailing’s chief executive has a lot to say about the next Olympics and the roadmap to reach there.
As we all know, the Olympics are really important when it comes to sailing. The International Olympic Committee has already set out its Agenda. Therefore, it’s time for the World Sailing to move at a brisk pace. There are plenty of issues to deal with. Gender equality is going to be one of the major talking points in the next Olympics. Innovation will be another major factor they will be considering.
As far as the events are concerned, they will try to make sure that it is appealing to the youth. There are other important issues to keep in mind, a highlighted in the recent report by Zadar Bareboat Yacht Charter. It is important to keep the complexity down. It is also important to keep the cost down. Sustainability is going to be a major factor everyone will be focusing on.
As far as Sailing is considered, it is definitely going to be part of the game. You don’t have to worry about Sailing moving out of the games. Such fears are unfounded. Without any doubt, it is a core sport. And it has been part of the tradition for a very long time. And most importantly, we have a great association with the IOC. But when it comes to the game model, we have to consider several factors. It is important to adapt and evolve the sport. These are very important as we are supposed to reinvent the game as we go along.
But that doesn’t mean that we should bid goodbye to the tradition. It is all about finding a middle ground. It’s about making sure that it is appealing to a diverse crowd. There has to have some sort of innovation for this to survive, opines Andy Hunt.