The historic improvement was announced earlier in the year by World Sailing, yacht racing’s worldwide governing physique, when Oman was awarded a particular ‘universality place’ in recognition of the youth team’s impressive performances at international YOG qualifying regattas given that 2016.
Universality areas are awarded by the International Olympic Committee only to athletes meeting the necessary technical level and eligibility criteria. “This has truly been a team effort with every member of the Oman Sail youth squad playing a part in this great achievement,” stated Oman Sail CEO David Graham.
He added, “Winning a place at the Youth Olympic Games is the result of hard work by the sailors and their coaches and also marks a significant milestone in Oman Sail’s long-term objective to secure qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games. Recent results have demonstrated how far the windsurfing squad has come and we congratulate the whole team as the coaches work towards making their selection of the sailor who will represent Oman in Buenos Aires.” The Oman Sail Youth Windsurf Programme was set up in 2014, with a national team producing its international debut in 2016, followed by the Youth Worlds and European Championships in 2017.
Earlier this year, youth squads competed at their very first ever Asian Windsurfing Championships and secured best-10 finishes in the silver fleet at the Techno Plus European Championships in Sicily as effectively as the Mayor of Sopot Regatta final month in Poland (completed third).
“This was an historic moment to see Oman awarded its first ever sailing place at a Youth Olympic Games,” stated Sheikh Khalid al Zubair, Oman Olympic Committee chairman.
He added, “It reflects the efforts exerted by those managing the development of this sport in the sultanate and the progress made by these young talents in such a short time. We wish the selected sailor all the best of luck in representing Oman and delivering an outstanding performance.”
Olympic guidelines limit nations to a single spot in every sailing category. The final choice choice for Buenos Aires will be created by the Oman Sail overall performance management team following the Techno 293+ globe championship in Latvia in August and additional coaching camps in Oman.
Ceri Williams, executive secretary of the International Windsurfing Association, paid tribute to the youth squad’s achievement and Oman Sail’s improvement method.
Information Source: Muscat Daily