INDIA: The Yachting Association of India (YAI) Senior National Sailing Championship 2022 is being conducted by the Indian Navy Watermanship Training Centre (INWTC), Mumbai, under the aegis of the YAI and the Indian Naval Sailing Association (INSA) for senior classes of boats off Mumbai Harbour until November 20.
The event is a YAI ranking event and selection trial for the forthcoming Asian Games scheduled in China in September 2023, according to an official statement.
Over 115 sailors from 15 sailing clubs across the country have registered for the event. A series of 12 races per class are scheduled in eight classes of boats: ILCA 7, ILCA 6, 49er, 49erFX, 470, NACRA 17, RS:X, and IQ Foil in men’s, women’s, and mixed categories.
A team of event officials, including World Sailing-qualified International Race Officers, International Judges, and International Measurers, as well as foreign race officials from Oman, Korea, and Singapore, will ensure fair conduct of races and level playing ground for all the competitors.
The 19th edition of the Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 23, 2023, to October 8, 2023.
Over the last two months, the Task Force held various discussions with the Chinese Olympic Committee, the Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (HAGOC), and other stakeholders to find a window for the Games that did not conflict with other major international sporting events.
The 19th Asian Games were originally planned to be held in Hangzhou from September 10 to September 25 of the current year.
However, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Games were postponed by the OCA Executive Board, and a “Task Force” was created to finalise the new dates for the Games.
Hangzhou lies less than 200 kilometres from China’s largest city, Shanghai, which went through a months-long lockdown at the beginning of the current year.
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