Tunisia Withdraws as Host of the 2020 African Championship
IODA has been informed by the Organizing Committee of the 2020 African Championship that they have made the decision to withdraw as the host of the Championship that was scheduled to take place September 6 to 13th in Hammamet, Tunisia.
We would like to thank our Member from Tunisia, the Tunisian Sailing Federation, as well as the many members of the Organizing Committee for all their hard work and support in the planning of the 2020 African Championship. We respect their decision. We hope that Tunisia will bid to host an IODA Championship in the future.
With our Member from Tunisia withdrawing as the host this year, according to IODA Continental Championship Condition 8.4, “the IODA Executive Committee shall take such action to appoint an alternative host as it finds necessary.” As a result, the Executive Committee can consider a bid from a Member who might wish to host the 2020 African Championship this year.
If any Member would like to be considered as a host of the 2020 African Championship, please inform the IODA VP of Africa, Asia and Oceania, Ajay Narang, at africa.asia.oceaniaVP@optiworld.org , as well as Fiona Kidd at firstname.lastname@example.org and Susan Elliot Beatty at email@example.com as soon as possible, but no later than June 14, 2020.
This can follow with the completion of a ‘Bid Form to Host an IODA Championship’ found here and submit it to IODA to the attention of the Regatta Committee secretary Susan Elliot Beatty, at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before June 20, 2020.
IODA is committed to holding our 2020 Events if possible. However, the IODA Executive Committee will consider the following matters when proceeding with IODA Events in 2020:
- Safety of our sailors and participants at events
- Ability of host to organize an event along the World Sailing COVID-19 event guidelines
- Ability for wide inclusivity of the IODA Members to participate in an event
- Ensuring the level of IODA standards of on-water racing are met
IODA continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it effects our 2020 Events. Recently many countries have started to open and are providing access to sailing on the water if social distancing and health precautions are maintained. This is good news for Optimist sailors.
We hope that over the coming weeks we can see borders opening and travel restrictions reduced between countries. This will enable us to begin to confirm dates of our postponed or rescheduled championships in 2020.