Wellington : Japan will host the 2022 Hansa Class Asia Pacific Championships and Para World Sailing Championships at Hiroshima Kannan Marina on October 20-23.
The move marks a major milestone in Asia – this is the first time that these championships for able-bodied and para sailors will be held simultaneously, Xinhua news agency reported.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sent a welcome message for these joint events, saying: “We are pleased to announce that the Hansa Class Asia Pacific Championships and Para World Sailing Championships Hansa Class 2022 will be held in Hiroshima this October. will be held simultaneously.
“I hope this competition will lead to a society where diversity is respected.”
David Graham, CEO of World Sailing, sees this as a cornerstone for the development of para sailing in the year that the global sailing governing body makes a bid for the resumption of para sailing in the Paralympic Games.
“2022 is an important year for Para Sailing as we target the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games for the resumption of our sport.
“Our para sailing athletes are some of the most skilled sailors in the world, representing a wide range of physicals and of course. sensory capabilities we’ve ever seen in global sport, and inspire the next generation.”
Chinese sailor Xu Jingkun, a Paralympic sailor, is excited about events close to his home country.
“I am very happy that the Para World Sailing Championships Hansa Class 2022 will be held in Hiroshima,” he said. “I hope more people will take note and participate in sailing so that sailors can become the ‘wings’ providing the ability to ride the wind and the waves.”