The 50th World Optimist Sailing Championship opened on July 16 at the Nautical Club of Santo Domingo with representatives from 52 countries, as confirmed by organizers.

Athletes from Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, USA, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucía, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela are attending the event.

The official competition will start July 17, with participants from the five continents.

The opening ceremony will be led by Peter Barclay, president of the International Sailing Federation, Dominican Olympic Committee president Luis Mejia and the local ministers of Sports and Tourism, Felipe Payano and Francisco Garcia, respectively.

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