Kim Andersen, right, has defended the process to review sailing events ©Getty Images

Major changes to the Olympic programme at Paris 2024 are among issues set to be discussed at World Sailing’s Mid-Year Meeting from May 10 to 15 in London.

In total, the event at Chelsea Football Club's home of Stamford Bridge will see 80 different submissions debated.

At least half of the 10 classes currently on the Olympic programme could be changed by the Parisian Games.

It is expected that the men and women's 470 and R:SX classes are among those that may be assessed, along with the Finn event.

The laser and laser radial classes are considered more likely to remain in place, along with the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 competitions.

It is hoped that between two and four mixed events will be added to help reach gender equality targets.

A separate decision making process is underway to assess the equipment used in 2024, when competition will take place in Marseille.

This process is not due to be completed until November, however.

The men's 470 is among sailing events under threat of being removed ©Getty Images
The men's 470 is among sailing events under threat of being removed ©Getty Images

"Over the past month, there has been a major debate surrounding the revision and selection process of our events at the 2024 Summer Olympic Games," said World Sailing President Kim Anderson in a letter send to the body's Board of Directors, Council, Committee Members and Member National Authorities, according to

"With the upcoming Board meeting, I would like to take this opportunity to provide some clarification and share with you my personal point of view on this matter.

"First, I want to discuss the process. 

"It seems that there are some who question our process and make unsubstantiated statements, for example 'It seems to me that Sailing has lost confidence in itself and like an insecure overachiever is scrambling…'. 

"From my perspective these statements have no merit and I am very confident that sailing is progressing in a positive way.

"In fact, I would proudly say that for the first time in the history of World Sailing, there is a regulation in place challenging the World Sailing Council to stay competitive by undertaking a strategic review. 

"And within this regulation, a clear framework and timing has been outlined to ensure that progress continues to be made."

The Marina Marseille will host Olympic sailing in 2024 ©Paris 2024
The Marina Marseille will host Olympic sailing in 2024 ©Paris 2024

Anderson also claimed they have improved the communication of the sport.

"The World Sailing team has been working very hard in building a strong communication plan that will enhance the distribution of our sport at all levels and Tokyo 2020 will have a much improved platform," he said. 

"By using new media and new technologies such as SAP Analytics, sailors can have a better understanding of their performance at all times.

"Furthermore, new technologies make our sport more accessible and understandable to newcomers and therefore increase our audience. 

"Already, the feed from our World Cup Series Rounds and Final are distributed to 36 broadcasters which has resulted in 2017 in more than 3,834 hours of live, delayed, highlight, repeat and news coverage being broadcast across 195 nations in all 6 continents.

"In my opinion, a good sports presentation does not necessarily have a link to the equipment used, linking the process of selecting events and how we promote our sport via new media seems out of context and should not be mixed."