Muscat, Oman, November 10, 2020: Oman Sail will host a 400-strong fleet of the world’s best sailors when the World Championships in three Olympic classes are held in November 2021.
Taking place in Asia for the first time, sailors in the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 classes will commence their campaign of qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
The six-day event from November 16-21 at Al Mussanah Sports City – purpose-built for the 2010 Asian Beach Games - will drive sports tourism and enhance Oman’s reputation as a world-class host of major international events
Dr. Khamis Al-Jabri, Oman Sail chief executive, said: “Hosting the 2021 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships is another opportunity for the Sultanate to share its warm hospitality with the international sailing community. The regatta forms an important component of the national priorities of Oman’s Vision 2040 in terms of boosting sports tourism. This is an incredibly exciting event for Oman Sail and we look forward to welcoming sailors from across the world to our shores.”
Oman Sail’s Olympic hopeful in the 49er class, Musab al-Hadi, said: “As the first global sailing event after the Tokyo Olympic Games, this will be a strong test of every bit of international experience the Oman Sailing Team has gained against the very best in class.”
Oman has gained a reputation in the sailing world as an accomplished host. The Sultanate has hosted the 2013 Laser World Championships, the 2015 RSX World Championships and the 2019 Asian and Oceanian Optimist Championships.
Source: Oman News Agency