Paralympic Sailing has been eliminated from 2020 Games


paralympics cut sailiingThe International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will feature 22 sports, with badminton and taekwondo included for the first time.

Using a specially-designed lever-actuated steering system, Jen French and crew JP Creignou won a Silver Medal in the doublehanded SKUD-18 at the 2012 Paralympic Games. © ISAF

The 22 sports that will be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are: athletics, archery, badminton, boccia, canoe, cycling, equestrian, football 5-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.

The two sports not included in Tokyo 2020 are football 7-a-side and sailing.

“To reach this decision, the IPC undertook the most extensive and rigorous review process ever of all the sports which started in November 2013.”

“All were assessed against the same criteria and our aim all along has been to ensure that the final Tokyo 2020 Paralympic sports programme is fresh and features the best para-sports possible.”

“The Board’s final decision was not an easy one and, after much debate, we decided not to include two sports – football 7-a-side and sailing – from the Tokyo 2020 programme for the same reason. Both did not fulfil the IPC Handbook’s minimum criteria for worldwide reach.”

The IPC Handbook states only team sports widely and regularly practised in a minimum of 24 countries and three IPC regions will be considered for inclusion in the Paralympic Games and for individual sports a minimum of 32 countries in three IPC regions.

Full release can be read here.

A movement has started to get sailing back into the Games.

Geoff Holt, who was involved in the team that helped get sailing introduced as a Paralympic sport in 1996 in Atlanta, has initiated a movement to get sailing reinstated..

“Sailing is so widely participated in and offers such a physical, technical and tactical challenge. Team GBR won the first ever Paralympic Sailing Gold Medal in 1996 - it has been a lifeline to some people and it really should be in the Paralympic Games!”

Go to Reinstate Paralympic Sailing into 2020 Games, to support it.


ISAF is now actively making every effort to understand the decision of the IPC and work towards reinstating sailing as a sport in the Paralympic Games. To assist in this effort, ISAF is asking sailors across the world to unite on behalf of all disabled sailors and submit letters of support. These letters will be sent to the IPC along with a complete package of information about Paralympic sailing. Send letters  to

"The Clagett [C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic & Regatta] hopes and encourages all sailors from across the world to reach out to their friends and sailors to write to the above address to reinstate sailing in the Paralympics. We all also need to reach out to our National bodies as well and encourage as many National bodies to put pressure on the IPC to include sailing as a Paralympic sport in 2020.  To quote Dr. Bernard Destrube, “Produce exciting photos, moving stories, encourage compelling letters, from your national sailing federations, get signatures on the petition.  Use your network to get personal contacts so that each decision-maker of the IPC will want sailing back....,”  commented Clagett co-founder and President Judy McLennan (Portsmouth,RI).


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