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Oman To Host Major World Championships In 2021

49er, 49erFX and Nacra World Championships are coming to the Sultanate.

The first global Olympic sailing class event post the 2020 Tokyo Games will be held in the Sultanate, with Oman Sail selected to host next year’s 49er, 49erFX and Nacra World Championships at Al Mussanah Sports City.

The Sultanate’s global event hosting capabilities has been given a huge endorsement, with Oman Sail selected to host the World Championships for three Olympic classes – 49er, 49erFX and Nacra – in 2021.

The 2021 World Championships will be a truly global event. Teams from all over the world will journey to the Sultanate to be hosted at the world-class Al Mussanah Sports City in November next year in a week-long festival of sailing.

Oman Sail CEO David Graham said: “Oman has an impressive history of hosting international sailing events, and we are proud to add the 2021 49er, 49erFX and NacraWorld Championships to that list.

“The superb facilities in Al Mussanah, which are the legacy of the 2010 Asian Beach Games, have been a successful venue for many sailing events including the Laser World Championships, the RS:X Worlds, Laser Radial Championship and the IODA Asian and Oceanian Championships in 2019.

Mussanah Race Week 2013. Oman
Day 4 of racing close to the shore
Please credit: Lloyd Images

“It was Al Mussanah Sports City and Oman’s capability to host environmentally friendly world-class events that set our bid apart. I would like to congratulate all my Omani colleagues for the hard work that went into preparing this bid, and I look forward to seeing our outstanding and professional race management team, which is 100 per cent Omani, put together yet another impressive event next November.”

The news that Oman will host the 2021 49er, 49erFX and Nacra World Championships has been applauded by the global sailing community. President of Asian Sailing Federation Malav Shroff said: “I was highly impressed with Oman Sail’s hosting capabilities during the 2019 International Asian and Oceanian Optimist Championships, which saw almost 200 of the world’s best young sailors compete at the Al Mussanah Sports City. It’s an Olympic standard sailing venue and the organization was of the highest possible standard.

“The conditions were also perfect; the winter months in the Sultanate, which are characterized by blue skies, warm weather, and a consistent wind speed of around 14 knots, are just made for sailing.”

Courtesy of ONA.

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