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Malav Shroff (IND)

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Name: Malav Shroff
Year of Birth: 1974
Nationality: Indian
Residence: India
First language: English
Other languages: Hindi, Gujarati, French (basic), Spanish (basic)

Click here for Malav Shroff's manifesto document

Candidates Goals

"Maximize the potential of our sport - Unfurl the Sails"

1. Grow and revive the sport of Sailing globally through emphasis on training and development

a) Sailing is a wonderful, lifetime sport but also competes with many other sports worldwide. Although it is flourishing in many countries, it remains undeveloped in many regions and also faces decline or stagnation in others.

b) Working as President of Asian Sailing Federation over the past 6-7 years, International 49er Class President (2005-2012), and as Chairman of Olympic Classes Subcommittee in World Sailing (2006-2012), I have gained a deep understanding of the challenges along with learnings to help develop the sport globally.

c) My first goal is to expand our sport into new territories and to restart the growth through tailored programs focused on long-term athlete development, training of coaches and technical officers, combined with promotion of leisure sailing across Member National Authorities (MNAs).

d) To achieve this, a separate and substantial World Sailing financial budget should be allocated for Development & Training as a top priority.

e) A dedicated, full-time team should be put in place by World Sailing to secure optimal Olympic Solidarity Funding, sponsorships and donations towards Development & Training programs, particularly targeting emerging MNAs.

2. Stabilize and modernize World Sailing

a) Over the last decade, World Sailing has seen many changes and challenges and now we need to consolidate and stabilize.

b) Leveraging my experiences in Management Consulting and Business, my goal is to help make World Sailing a stable, agile and modern organization while protecting the democratic rights of every MNA.

c) My goal is to help restore the financial stability of our organization by generating sufficient funds to govern our sport combined with fiscal discipline on how and where we spend our money.

3. Make Sailing one of the top Olympic Sports

a) Sailing has tremendous potential to become one of the top Olympic sports.

b) As an Olympian and having led the Olympic classes and organized many regattas/continental championships, my experiences would be helpful to enhance the experiences of viewers and sponsors.

c) My goal is to help drive the adoption of advanced technology in broadcasting and relay of results, and deliver exciting and compelling race stories that truly showcase human potential through our sport.

d) Our sport is unique and multi-dimensional and we need to tell this story to the world through new affordable media models instead of concentrating primarily on changes in equipment and rules.

4. Incorporate Sustainability and Environment as a core pillar of Sailing

a) Sailing is performed in unison with nature and therefore we must protect the environment as our sport is uniquely dependent on nature.

b) Environment and sustainability matters should not be separate external initiatives, but instead, ingrained into every operational aspect of our sport (e.g. equipment, rules, use of green power, etc.)

c) My goal is to help make the protection of nature and environment an integral part of our sport such that Sailing becomes climate-positive and not just carbon neutral.

a) World Sailing has primarily concentrated on Olympic Sailing, whereas there is tremendous potential and scope across different activities of our sport throughout the year e.g. club sailing, junior/youth sailing, recreational sailing, professional sailing and many International Forums and events.

b) Since World Sailing is the governing body of the entire sport, my goal is to help collaborate across the various stakeholders to include them in the World Sailing family for greater mutual benefit that grows the sport and stabilizes World Sailing.

6. Prioritize and expand differently abled (para) sailing

a) Sailing is one of the few sports that offers people of all different abilities the opportunity to compete with others on equal terms.

b) My goal is to help grow Para Sailing in many more countries through targeted programs directly involving these sailors. This will require careful consideration for design adaptations of equipment and strong volunteer training programs.

c) To achieve this, World Sailing should allocate a specific budget to grow these programs as a distinct category and priority.

Sailing Career

  • 2004 Olympic Games -49er Class (Athlete)
  • 2008 Olympic Games (Coach)
  • 1999 Albacore World Champion
  • Various Regattas and World Championships across junior, youth and Olympic Classes and keelboat (recreational regattas)
  • Junior and Youth National Champion - India

Sailing Administration

  • Asian Sailing Federation President (2013 till Present)
  • International 49er Class President (2005- 2012)
  • Council Member Yachting Association, India (Present)
  • Event Manager, Volvo Ocean Race, Cochin, India (Stop Over 2008)
  • Various National and International Regattas in India and Asia

Other Sports Administration

  • Member - Medical Commission, Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) (Present)
  • Board Member - World Olympians Association (WOA) (Present)
  • Executive Committee - Indian Olympic Association (Present)
  • Secretary General - Olympians Association of India (Present)
  • Mission Olympic Cell, Government of India (Present)

Roles within World Sailing

  • Chairman - Olympic Classes Commission/ Sub Committee (2006 - 2012)
  • Events Committee (2008 - 2012)
  • Regional Games Committee (2008 - 2016)
  • Governance commission (2017 - 2020)
  • International Measurer (2015 - 2019)

Other

  • Management Consultant - McKinsey & Co (New York), Healthcare & Sports Practice
  • Advised global sports companies/bodies and leading global healthcare companies on strategic issues
  • Business Entrepreneur - Owner/CEO of several international companies in Packaging, Manufacturing, Marine Infrastructure and Trading.

Education

  • Medical Science - MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
  • DPhil, University of Oxford, UK (Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine) Distinction as Rhodes Scholar

Nominating MNAs

Algerian Sailing Federation, Australian Sailing, Belarus Sailing Federation, Brunei Darussalam Yachting Association, Confederação Brasileira de Vela, Egyptian Sailing Federation, Federacion Dominicana de Vela, Fédération Française de Voile, Hungarian Sailing Federation, Icelandic Sailing Association, Indonesian Sailing Federation, Iraqi Sailing Federation, Kazakhstan Sailing Federation, Koninklijk Nederlands Watersport Verbond, Malaysia Sailing Association, Mauritius Yachting Association, Oman Sailing Committee, Pago Pago Yacht Club, Philippine Sailing Association, Polish Yachting Association, Romanian Sailing Federation, Royal Yachting Association, Sailing Cook Islands, Sailing Federation of Kyrgyzstan, Sailing Federation of Ukraine, Singapore Sailing Federation, Tanzania Sailing Association, Timor-Leste Sailing Federation, Tunisian Sailing Federation, Turkish Sailing Federation, UAE Sailing and Rowing Federation, US Sailing, Vietnam Canoeing, Rowing and Sailing Federation, Virgin Islands Sailing Association, Yachting Association of India, Yachting Association of Sri Lanka, Yacht Racing Association of Thailand

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