Battle royal for the helm at storm-tossed World Sailing

Inside the Games. By David Owen.

A bitter Presidential election is under way at sailing’s governing body, with incumbent Kim Andersen under challenge from three rivals.

There was a time not so long ago when International Federation (IF) bosses seemed as secure in their jobs as Santa Claus or the Man in the Moon.

Those days are gone, certainly when it comes to World Sailing.

As you read this, the governing body’s Member National Authorities (MNAs) are voting in a Presidential election that sees incumbent Kim Andersen from Denmark battling for his post against no fewer than three opponents.

This comes just four years after the Dane unseated Italy’s Carlo Croce in a dramatic election by 52 votes to 46.

This made him, as an insidethegames colleague put it in 2017, “the first candidate to unseat an incumbent in the organisation’s 110-year history.”

With World Sailing’s fragile finances left exposed by the COVID-19 crisis, I have detected a feeling that we may not have to wait quite as long for the second.

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