Please select your home edition
Edition
leaderboard with question mark E6 launch 2021

World Sailing President Quanhai Li meets IOC President Thomas Bach

by World Sailing 20 Sep 2022 03:07 PDT
World Sailing President Quanhai Li meets IOC President Thomas Bach © IOC / Greg Martin

World Sailing President, Quanhai Li, has met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach and IOC Vice President Ser Miang Ng at the Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland with World Sailing CEO David Graham.

Li reaffirmed World Sailing's warm relationship with the IOC and continued strong support ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. President Li and David Graham presented World Sailing's vision for the sailing event at the Games, taking place in Marseille, focusing on engaging young people, sustainability, gender equity, and the global development of the sport.

President Li said: "We will continue to lead the development of our sport worldwide and, under my presidency, I am determined that World Sailing plays its part in working within the Olympic Movement to address the key challenges and opportunities we face as a family of sports.

"Sustainability is a challenge on which I am proud to say that sailing has taken a leading role through our World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030 [PDF], which was published in 2018. With that challenge comes opportunities to contribute to lasting change - not only in sport but to benefit the environment, our oceans and our communities - and I know that is an ambition which is shared by Mr Bach."

As part of a two-week European visit, the President also met with Paris 2024 Organising Committee President, three-time Olympic slalom canoeing gold medal winner, Tony Estanguet, and committee delegates.

President Li said: "Mr Estanguet and the Paris 2024 Organising Committee have made great progress in difficult circumstances and I have made clear that World Sailing is wholeheartedly committed to working with them to ensure the success of the XXXIII Olympiad."

President Li also attended the Italian National Youth Championships in Viareggio and went on to visit the Paris 2024 Olympic Venue with World Sailing Vice President Yann Rocherieux, where he discussed plans with prominent representatives from the city.

The President also had the opportunity to meet with Jean-Luc Denechau, president of Fédération Française de Voile, the French sailing federation, and Francesco Ettore, president of Federazione Italiana Vela, the Italian sailing federation.

The trip also included attendance at stage five of SailGP 2022 in Saint-Tropez, France, in support of one of World Sailing's Special Events which does so much to further the federation's ambitions for the sport.

Related Articles

eSailing World Champion crowned in Alicante
The 10 best eSailors from around the world met in person to battle it out Alexandre Kowalski (AlexK - RS) of France swept to victory in the 2022 eSailing World Championship Final in front of a live crowd at the Ocean Live Park in Alicante, Spain, to take home the title and a cash prize courtesy of Virtual Regatta. Posted on 9 Jan
World Sailing's bid to reinstate Para Sailing
LA28 #BacktheBid campaign meets with mass support from global community Since World Sailing launched its campaign to reinstate sailing into the Paralympic Games for LA28, the overriding message has been that sailing is a sport for all and is life-changing. Posted on 25 Dec 2022
Record-breaking Para Sailing year
LA28 decision countdown begins World Sailing is celebrating a record-breaking year for Para Sailing as the global sports community awaits the International Paralympic Committee's LA28 programme decision, expected by end of January 2023. Posted on 24 Dec 2022
Sports for Nature framework
World Sailing joins the IOC as a founding signatory World Sailing has joined 20 sports organisations, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a founding partner, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024, in signing the first-ever Sports for Nature Framework. Posted on 20 Dec 2022
World Sailing confirms Olympic class regatta dates
Competition dates for 2023 and 2024 confirmed World Sailing and four of the leading Olympic class regattas have confirmed competition dates for 2023 and 2024 and announced a commitment for greater collaboration across the sport with the ambition of delivering benefits for event organisers. Posted on 5 Dec 2022
World Sailing confirms commitment to Para Sailing
“Our success is defined by the number of disabled people who have access to our sport” World Sailing CEO, David Graham, has addressed the global sailing community at the Yacht Racing Forum in St Julian's, Malta, thanking them for their support of the Federation's #BacktheBid campaign to see sailing reinstated in the Paralympic Games. Posted on 22 Nov 2022
World Sailing partners with GWA and IWSA
To support the development of wingfoiling World Sailing has partnered with the Global Wingsports Association (GWA) and the International Wing Sports Association (IWSA) to support the development of one of the fastest growing sailing disciplines. Posted on 21 Nov 2022
Xu Jingkun is China's first Route du Rhum sailor
The top Paralympic sailor makes history Paralympic sailor Xu Jingkun has entered the history books as China's first competitor in the solo transatlantic race Route Du Rhum - Destination Guadeloupe. Posted on 8 Nov 2022
President hails resilience of World Sailing family
Quanhai Li, praised the resilience of the sport and its members World Sailing Council met to present a series of reports from each of the committees to update members on the current direction of the sport and future priorities. Posted on 30 Oct 2022
Historic governance reform proposal approved
World Sailing voted with a 93.85% majority to approve changes World Sailing has voted overwhelmingly, with a 93.85% majority, to approve changes to its governance structure which will enable the federation to be more efficient and increase transparency in line with the requirements of a modern global sporting body. Posted on 29 Oct 2022
J Composites 2022 - J99 FOOTERNorth Sails 2021 Innovation - FOOTERMarine Resources 2022 Salary Survey FOOTER