Published: Friday, 15 January 2016

World Sailing has expressed regret for the two sailors from the Israel Yachting Association (IYA) that were unable to compete at the 2015 Youth World Sailing Championships (Dec 27-Jan 3) in Langkawi after Malaysian authorities imposed restrictions on the team.

World Sailing Deems Malaysia Breached

(Photo: Australian Jewish News/Yoav Omer)

Conditions for entry into Malaysia included no display of the ISR flag, logo, or colours, as well as no playing of the country’s anthem. Restrictions on travel and purchases in the country, as well as limited participation throughout the event were also imposed on the Israeli athletes.

After learning of the restrictions, IYA informed media and World Sailing that Yoav Omer (2014 RS:X Youth Men's champion) and Noy Drihan would not compete at the event.

A thorough investigation of the matter was undertaken on behalf of the Executive Committee of World Sailing with the full co-operation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The findings were reviewed at a meeting with the Executive Committee in London on January 8.

The outcome of the meeting found that Malaysian authorities breached the World Sailing constitution, which calls for ‘no discrimination’.

The governing body of sailing now has the discretion to impose sanctions on the country that may include: non-selection as a future venue, denial of appointment of World Sailing race officials to future regattas in the country and/or cancellation of membership of World Sailing.