Messy Chapter for World Sailing Election >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News
Kim Andersen was elected president of World Sailing in November 2016, but lost his candidacy for a second term in 2020 amid three ethical complaints. As World Sailing’s ethics committee dismissed two of the complaints and one complaint is withdrawn, Andersen speaks out about the smear campaign that blocked the election. This report comes from Play the game:
In November 2020, China’s Quanhai Li was elected the new president of World Sailing after defeating the Danish Kim Andersen in office by 68 votes to 60.
Li’s victory came after a bitter election campaign where several charges of unethical conduct against Andersen hampered the Dane’s campaign to re-elect the Dane for a second four-year term as president of World Sailing.
And now, new questions about the presidential election arise as the third ethics complaint filed against Andersen since 2019 has been dismissed.
An independent appeal committee appointed by the World Sailing Ethics Commission concluded on October 19, 2021:
“There is no evidence that Mr. Andersen violated the code of conduct. In the circumstances, the panel unanimously ruled as follows: The charges against Mr. Andersen, according to which he had violated the provisions of Article 1.9 (a), (b) and (c) of the Code, are rejected. ”
The ethical battle in World Sailing has been covered by sailing magazines around the world. ‘Scuttlebutt Sailing News’ presented the controversy as the result of a cultural clash between a group of former conservative supporters of traditional sailing in classic dinghies and keelboats and a group of young supporters of modern sailing in boats at new technology at mixed events. that appeal to a wider audience.
However, Andersen has no doubts that the ethical cases were part of a smear campaign against him orchestrated by supporters of his three presidential opponents, Scott Perry of Uruguay, Gerardo Seeliger of Spain and Quanhai Li. According to Andersen, all three candidates were supported by IOC Vice President Ser Miang Ng during the election campaign.
“All of my opponents in the presidential election have been directly or indirectly involved in the ethical cases against me. Perry and Seeliger were parties in ethical affairs. And it is well known at World Sailing that Miang, who was also involved in business, is a supporter of Quanhai Li, ”says Andersen.
According to the former president of World Sailing, the timing of ethical cases and their disclosure to the press, even before the World Sailing Council was informed of the cases, was carefully planned by supporters of his three opponents before the constitution of the candidates and the electoral process. – Full report
Editor’s Note: While not giving Andersen a pass, what we saw of biased people with an online platform pushing a personal agenda to their advantage was shameful.