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'Finn Dinghy is Collateral Damage' - Olympic Games Statement from the International Finn Association

4th November 2018
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Young Finn sailors, including two from Ireland, have had their campaign ambitions for 2024 cruelly shattered Young Finn sailors, including two from Ireland, have had their campaign ambitions for 2024 cruelly shattered Photo: Robert Deaves

The International Finn Association (IFA) is extremely disappointed to see the decision taken today at the World Sailing AGM in Sarasota, USA, to exclude any event options for the Finn in favour of adopting the Mixed Two-Person Keelboat.

Most of all we are very disappointed for the many committed Finn sailors affected by this decision, especially the young sailors who have had their campaign ambitions for 2024 cruelly shattered.

We feel the Finn class has become collateral damage in the quest for gender equality and Olympic TV rights income for World Sailing.

"We feel the Finn class has become collateral damage in the quest for gender equality and Olympic TV rights income for World Sailing"

It is a great injustice that many of the best athletes in the sport of sailing no longer have an avenue to the Olympics, and we honestly feel the Olympics will be poorer as a result of the exclusion of the Finn.

We know the Finn class will continue to thrive and for the time being we will focus on supporting our athletes as they prepare for Tokyo 2020. In the coming months, the IFA will work towards finding a way back for the Finn on the Olympic programme.

Balazs Hajdu
IFA President

Published in Tokyo 2020
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