2021 worlds to give boost to sports tourism, says Oman Sail CEO Jabri
Oman Sail has been in the forefront of promoting sports and adventure tourism in the sultanate. Over the past decade, Oman Sail has hosted many world championships and top-class regattas to give impetus to sports tourism.
As part of its continued efforts to put Oman on the global sailing map, Oman Sail will host 400-strong fleet when the world championships in three Olympic classes will be held at the Al Mussanah Sports City from November 16-21, 2021
Earlier in February this year, Oman was awarded the rights to host the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra World Championships in 2021.
On Wednesday, Oman Sail announced the dates of the championships.
The worlds are taking place in Asia for the first time and sailors in the three classes will kickstart their path to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games during the six-day event.
Khamis al Jabri, Oman Sail CEO, 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 and unlocking opportunities for local businesses and the community to deliver positive economic return for the country. This is an incredibly exciting event for Oman Sail and we look forward to welcoming sailors from across the world to our shores.”
Marcus Spillane, Nacra 17 Class President, said, “We are very pleased to be heading to Oman next year in November for the 2021 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships as our sailors continue their global adventure. Oman has a great reputation for organising world class regattas and we are confident that the event will be a great test for the teams as they embark on the road to Paris 2024.”
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 Olympic Sailing team will gain against the very best in class. We hope that our fellow sailors enjoy visiting Oman as much as we enjoy hosting them.”
Hadi along with Waleed al Kindi, along with the pair of Abdulrahman al Mashari and Ahmed al Hasani have returned to training intensively in preparation for the 2021 ASAF Asian Sailing Championships, an Olympic qualifier for 49er planned to be held in Abu Dhabi.
Combining excellent sailing conditions with powerful sea breezes and pleasant waves and a fully-equipped marina in the heart of a sports city purpose-built for the 2010 Asian Beach Games, Al Mussanah Sports City offers ideal surroundings for another event in 2021 following the success of events such as the 2013 Laser World Championships, the 2015 RS:X World Championships and the 2019 Asian and Oceanian Optimist Championships.
As with past championships, Oman Sail and the 49er and Nacra 17 Class will focus on the maintaining a positive environmental impact by minimising waste, emphasising recycling and aiming to leave the sea in a better condition than before the regatta. The championship will also prioritise the fan experience with a live broadcast of the event and in-depth social media programming.