420 Sailors Interested in the Youth Olympics?
In 2010, 420 sailor Lara Vadlau (AUT) swept the board at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games, winning the one-person dinghy event - are there any 420 sailors ready to step up to the mark at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games?
The qualification system for the sailing competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games has been published today for the event which will be held in Nanjing, China from 16-24 August 2014 and will feature 100 young sailors from around the world.
The sailing events at Nanjing 2014 are open to sailors aged 15-16 years old who must have been born between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 1999. NOCs may qualify in each of the four sailing events; in addition, the host nation will automatically qualify in each of the events. To ensure Universality at the YOG there is continental quota system in place and in addition to this eight of the 100 places are reserved as NOC Universality Places to be assigned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
For each of the four sailing events, there are seven Youth Olympic Qualification Events (YOQE). Competitors qualify their National Olympic Committee (NOC) at a YOQE, and the NOC will then select its competitor for that event by the 8 July 2014 deadline.
The seven YOQE for each event are made up of six Continental Qualification Events and a final World Championship or world qualification event. At the Continental Qualification Events only nations within that continent will be eligible for YOG Qualification. The final qualification events will be confirmed in due course.
Full details of the qualification system including the continental quotas in English and French are available in the full qualification system document here.
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