This year's World Sailing Presidential election could be held virtually if the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Abu Dhabi in November is cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
World Sailing President Kim Andersen told insidethegames a virtual election is among the options being considered as part of contingency plans being drawn up by a committee within the Federation.
Andersen, who is standing for re-election and is set to be challenged by Spanish veteran Gerardo Seeliger, said a deadline of August 1 has been set for a decision on whether the AGM can be held in Abu Dhabi on November 1 as planned.
The AGM must take place this year under World Sailing's constitution, governed by Isle of Man law, but the event has been thrown into doubt due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Travel restrictions and bans on mass gatherings imposed across the world to combat the spread of the virus would need to be lifted in order for the annual meeting in Abu Dhabi to be held as scheduled, which is one of the other options being discussed.