Mus­sanah Sports City to host world sail­ing meet

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The news that Oman will host the 2021 49er, 49erFX and Nacra World Cham­pi­onships has been ap­plauded by the global sail­ing com­mu­nity.

Malav Shroff, Pres­i­dent of Asian Sail­ing Fed­er­a­tion said, “I was highly im­pressed with Oman Sail’s host­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties dur­ing the 2019 In­ter­na­tional Asian and Ocea­nian Op­ti­mist Cham­pi­onships, which saw al­most 200 of the world’s best young sailors com­pete at the Mus­sanah Sports City. It’s an Olympic-stan­dard sail­ing venue and the or­gan­i­sa­tion was of the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dard.

“The con­di­tions were also per­fect; the win­ter months in Oman, which are char­ac­terised by blue skies, warm weather, and a con­sis­tent wind­speed of around 14 knots, are just made for sail­ing.”

As well as show­ing the world the cul­ture and rich his­tory of Oman, the 2021 World Cham­pi­onships will be the first time for many peo­ple in Oman to see cur­rent Asian 49er Cham­pi­ons Musab al Hadi and Waleed al Kindi in ac­tion. The pair is cur­rently in Aus­tralia com­pet­ing at the World 49er Cham­pi­onship, their fi­nal event be­fore they at­tempt to be­come the first Omani sailors to qual­ify for the Olympic

Games in Abu Dhabi next month.

Speak­ing from the World Cham­pi­onship in Gee­long, Aus­tralia, Hadi said, “Waleed and I are for­tu­nate to com­pete all over the world but there is noth­ing like rac­ing at home in front of our fam­ily, friends, and sup­port­ers. The fa­cil­i­ties both on and off the wa­ter in Mus­sanah are in­cred­i­ble. I look for­ward to show­ing the world how beau­ti­ful Oman is in 2021.”

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