The Spanish Paralympic sailor Rafa Andarias has risen ten places, to occupy the fourth place in the world ranking of World Sailing that has been updated this June. The last success of the Alicante who won the bronze medal in the World Cup held in France last April, has been the fruit of this significant progression.
Now, Andarias is the hope of the spaniard disabled sailing. European Champion and ninth in the 2016 World Championship, Rafa is at its best and struggles to stay in the elite. The decision of the International Paralympic Committee in 2016, to withdraw the sailing as a Paralympic modality in Tokyo 2020 was a real blow to the claims of the Valencian who has seen his schedule and economic support reduced.
Given this situation, the Xàbia sailor was clear: “It’s a shame that this year has achieved the double, Champion of Spain and the Spanish Cup, in addition to being the fourth in the world ranking and has hardly any sponsors.” “I don’t gain money sailing, I do it because I like it, I’m lucky to have supporter who help me even if it’s in kind and achieve results.”
But, the election of Paris as Paralympic host in 2024 has meant a ray of hope for the return of sailing as a Paralympic sport. In fact, we will have to wait until January 2019 to know what sports will make up the Paralympic program and although everything seems to indicate that the return is near.
Aware of his present and future, Rafa Andarias has opted to continue preparing for confirmation of the return of paralympic sailing would have Spanish an added experience compared to other countries.