The IPC said that sailing, which was dropped as a Paralympic sport following Rio 2016, had not met criteria “in a number of areas” and would not be put forward for further consideration.

The announcement has come as a shock to the RYA, which has worked tirelessly to support World Sailing’s bid for re-inclusion.

Sarah Treseder, Chief Executive of the RYA, said: “We are deeply disappointed that the IPC has made this decision despite all the progress and the unique platform sailing provides for true equality and inclusion.

“The decision is a real blow for so many aspiring and talented sailors for whom competing in Paris has been their dream, not to mention all those who would have been inspired to get on the water by sailing’s inclusion.

“It is a really sad day for the sport. The RYA has worked closely with World Sailing in support of their bid for re-inclusion and we will now take time to reflect on the IPC’s decision.” 

Great Britain is among the most successful nations in Paralympic sailing. Helena Lucas won the nation’s first gold medal in sailing at London 2012 in the 2.4mR class, and followed it up with a bronze at Rio 2016. Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell got bronze medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016 in the SKUD class.

Regardless of the announcement the RYA remains committed to supporting all disabled sailors through its ground-breaking Sailability community programme.

Most recently it has supported para athletes in their bids for victory at the Parasailing World Championships in Sheboygan, USA, which take place from 16-22 September.

“We will guarantee the excellent work of RYA Sailability continues to ensure that disabled sailing is supported from grass roots to top-level racing,” adds Treseder. 

“The Parasailing World Championships are about to commence with a record number of sailors and countries taking part including a strong British contingent. We wish everyone a very successful regatta.”

Golf, karate, Para dance sport and powerchair football were also struck from the list of potential sports at Paris 2024, while bobsleigh was dropped from the 2022 Winter Paralympics despite being provisionally approved.