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14 May 2018

The Hague pips Auckland to 2022 Sailing World Championships

The Hague, in the Netherlands, has been awarded hosting rights to the Sailing World Championships in 2022 after overcoming a rival bid from Auckland, New Zealand.

The two cities presented their proposals to the board of World Sailing, the sport's governing body, which then selected The Hague.

Auckland is poised to stage sailing's blue riband America's Cup in 2021.

The 2022 Sailing World Championships will act as the principal qualification event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games; with more than 1,400 competitors racing in 1,000 boats over a two week period in August.

The 2022 World Championships will be organised in close collaboration between World Sailing, the Royal Netherlands Yachting Union, the municipality of The Hague and TIG Sports. 

Kim Andersen, president of World Sailing, said: "World Sailing received two final bids that were of the highest quality. The Hague and Auckland presented ambitious visions for the Sailing World Championships with the sailors, spectator experience and world-class organisation at the heart of their bids. 

"The Hague showcased an outstanding city based venue, experienced organising committee and established partners, who are all committed to raising the bar on previous Sailing World Championships."

Maurice Leeser, Managing Director at the Royal Netherlands Yachting Union, added: "Our new sailing centre in The Hague and the amazing results of our sailors over the past eight years have proven that we belong at the top of the international sailing world. 

"The Netherlands is a true water sports country and hosting the Sailing World Championships fits perfectly."

Aarhus, Denmark will host this year's championships from 31 July to 12 August. The last edition was staged in Santander, Spain in 2014.