Oman wins bid to host continental Op­ti­mist cham­pi­onship in 2019

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

The Mus­sanah Sports City in Oman has been widely re­garded as one of the best venues for sail­ing com­pe­ti­tions over the past few years.

The ef­forts of Oman Sail and the gov­ern­ment's push to put Oman on the map of world sail­ing got a fur­ther boost on Tues­day when Oman was awarded the rights to hosts the 2019 Op­ti­mist Asian and Ocea­nian Cham­pi­onship in Mus­sanah.

Awarded by the In­ter­na­tional Op­ti­mist Dinghy As­so­ci­a­tion (IODA), Oman won the bid through a vot­ing process at the IODA an­nual gen­eral meet­ing held on the side­lines of the on­go­ing Op­ti­mist World Cham­pi­onship in Pat­taya, Thai­land.

Speak­ing from Pat­taya, Rashid al Kindi, Chair­man of the Oman Sail­ing Com­mit­tee and a se­nior Oman Sail of­fi­cial, said, “This is a mat­ter of huge pride to host the continental cham­pi­onship that will at­tract some of the best sailors from Asia and Ocea­nia.”

“This was our fourth at­tempt to seek the rights to host the pres­ti­gious cham­pi­onship and we are glad to have won it.”

“We would like to thank all the coun­tries that have sup­ported us. We prom­ise to bring a world-class event and it will also help Oma­nis de­velop their or­gan­i­sa­tional skills,” he added.

Be­sides Oman, the other can­di­date in con­tention for the continental cham­pi­onship was Yeosu, South Korea.

Oman is likely to host the cham­pi­onship from Septem­ber 30-Oc­to­ber 8. An­tigua was awarded the 2019 worlds af­ter it beat the bid from Qing­dao, China. Sri Lanka with­drew from the race while Tu­nisia did not at­tend af­ter ini­tially sub­mit­ting the bids.

Since the set­ting up of Oman Sail in 2008, Mus­sanah has suc­cess­fully hosted in­ter­na­tional re­gat­tas across dif­fer­ent classes.

From the host­ing of sec­ond Asian Beach Games in 2010 to the Laser worlds in 2013 fol­lowed by Laser Ra­dial women's worlds in 2015, Mus­sanah has suc­cess­fully hosted the re­gat­tas and has won praise from the par­tic­i­pants and top of­fi­cials.

An Omani sailor com­petes at the on­go­ing Op­ti­mist World Cham­pi­onship in Pat­taya, Thai­land on Sun­day

Rashid al Kindi

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