Massimo Dighe has been appointed Para World Sailing Manager for World Sailing, the governing body of the sport.
The Italian will start working at World Sailing’s Executive Office in early July, and will be responsible for promoting and developing Para World Sailing with the objective of having the sport back at the Paralympic Games in 2024, since it will not be featured at Tokyo 2020.
Dighe will also be in charge of managing and building key relationships within World Sailing and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), integrating Para World Sailing into the Sailing World Cup and supporting the growth of the sport from development programmes and race officials.
"The IPC's decision to remove sailing from Tokyo 2020 rocked the sport. Since then, World Sailing and the Para World Sailing Committee have been working hard to get it back into the programme,” said Dighe, who finished twelfth in the sonar class at London 2012 alongside Antonio Squizzato and Paola Protopapa.
"There is a lot more work to be done to achieve the result and get sailing back where it belongs. I am excited about tackling the challenge ahead."
World Sailing Chief Executive Officer Andy Hunt commented on Dighe’s appointment.
"Massimo continues to be an excellent ambassador for Paralympic sailing, demonstrating passion and commitment for both development and reinstatement into the Paralympic Games,” he said.
“The appointment of Massimo is a further sign of our commitment to ensure that sailing is reinstated for the 2024 Paralympics. He will play a pivotal role within World Sailing's Executive Office and I look forward to him joining the team."