The IODA Executive Committee has come to the
unfortunate conclusion that based on the current
uncertainty regarding international travel, quarantine
requirements and increased infections of COVOD-19 worldwide, that
IODA cannot proceed with the 2020 World Championship.
IODA received three bids for the 2020 Worlds
following the withdrawal of Italy, but none met our stringent
requirements in light of the current world situation.
As a result, the Executive Committee has made the difficult
decision to cancel the Optimist World Championship for 2020.
This decision was based on the view that the
health and safety of our sailors is a top priority. Additionally,
a World Championship must be inclusive and global in
nature. In today’s environment, with quarantine restrictions
and too many uncertainties this was not possible.
We acknowledge that this will be a disappointment
for many Optimist sailors who are in their last year of
eligibility to compete in an Optimist World Championship. We
encourage you to move on to other classes and compete with the
same passion and dedication that you did while in the
We would like to thank our Members from
Brazil, Hong Kong and Spain for submitting bids to host
the 2020 Optimist World Championship on such a short notice. We appreciate
all the time and effort that has gone into preparing their
excellent bids and we thank them on behalf of all our our Members
and Optimist sailors globally.
IODA is now focusing our efforts on
delivering three Optimist Continental Championships in 2020 –
the South Americans (ARG), that was postponed only a week or so
before it was to take place last March, the Europeans (SLO) at
new dates and a new venue, and the Asian & Oceanians (SRI).
The dates of the Europeans taking place
in Portorož, Slovenia have been confirmed for October
18-25th. The dates for the Asian & Oceanians and the South
Americans will be confirmed soon.