World Sailing has re-opened the bid process for its 2017 Youth World Championships following Israel’s decision to pull out from hosting the event due to an inability to secure adequate funding.
The international governing body said the Israel Sailing Association (ISA) was able to exercise the right to withdraw from staging the Championships, scheduled to take place in Akko in July, as a final contract had not been concluded.
"The bid process to select a new venue for the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships has commenced and World Sailing invites all Member National Authorities (MNAs) interested in hosting the event to contact the Executive Office for the bid guidelines," a statement from World Sailing said.
"World Sailing will accept bids from MNAs interested in hosting the event in July or December of 2017."
The deadline for MNAs to submit bids will be January 16, 2017 with bid evaluations to take place on January 17 and 18.
A decision is set to be made no later than February 3, with the news one of the first challengers for newly elected World Sailing President Kim Andersen, who unseated incumbent Carlo Croce earlier this month.
World Sailing were also forced to re-award the 2016 Youth Sailing World Championships to Auckland in New Zealand earlier this year after the withdrawal of Oman.
A new host was required after Oman's sudden withdrawal in February - with speculation suggesting the country could not meet new criteria designed to prevent discrimination.
This was brought in after the 2015 Youth Sailing World Championships in Malaysia were overshadowed by controversy when Israeli windsurfers Yoav Omer and Noy Drihan were unable to compete in Langkwai.
The country withdrew from the event in the Islamic nation after a crackdown which included the refusal of visas and a demand that they could not compete under their flag.
They also claimed to have been banned from displaying any Israeli symbol or logo on their surfboards or clothes, while it was said their national anthem would not be played in the event of a gold medal.
World Sailing condemned the events as "unacceptable" and introduced new rules which obliged host countries to guarantee that all competitors from all countries could compete equally.
It was thought that these regulations could not be met by the Oman Sailing Committee.
Action in Auckland is due to take place between December 14 and 20.