A World Sailing Paralympic Development Programme clinic in Argentina has been hailed as a "great success" as the governing body continues its bid to regain its place at the Games.
New equipment for Para-sailing was one of the key topics at the meeting, held at the Club Nautico Mar Del Plata in Buenos Aires, along with effective coaching and improving both sailor and coach performance on and off the water.
Norlin 2.4 One Design, Weta Trimaran and Hansa 303 have been chosen by World Sailing as the boats which will be used in the sport, which was cut from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in 2015.
World Sailing vowed to conduct analysis of the equipment as a result of the decision of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Executive Board, which ruled sailing did not fulfil minimum criteria for worldwide reach.
The 2017 Para World Sailing Championships, as well as other selected events this year and next, will be used to test the boats, while any adjustments to the classification systems to refine the proposal for Paralympic sailing will also be considered.
"World Sailing will continue its review of the Para World Sailing equipment before making a final decision for its proposal to the IPC for Paralympic reinstatement in 2024," World Sailing said in a statement.
A total of 16 participants from across South America attended the clinic in the Argentine capital, with the gatherings forming a key part of the Para World Sailing Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2020.
Following the event, the Argentinian Sailing Federation launched a proposal to host the first South American Paralympic Sailing Championship in October.
It was the first clinic to take place since World Sailing's Annual Conference in Barcelona in December, where Kim Andersen of Denmark replaced Carlo Croce as World Sailing President.
The next edition of the event is scheduled for Hong Kong from March 7 to 12, before the clinic goes to Poland from July 12 to 15.
A fourth clinic is scheduled to be held in France from October 16 to 21.
"The PDP clinic in Argentina was a great success," Para World Sailing manager and London 2012 Paralympian Massimo Dighe said.
"We had three people attending who have never sailed before so it goes to show our strategy is starting to work and that these clinics are essential in building participation.
"The clinic also gave me the opportunity to engage with other federations and the South American Paralympic Committee who all emphasised the will to work as a group to expand Paralympic Sailing in the region."