Roy Heiner, left Peter van Niekerk and Dirk de Ridder celebrate after their single race off against New Zealand in the Soling class at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Thursday. New Zealand lost the race and consequently failed to make the semifinals. (credit: Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Sources: Cup Sailor De Ridder’s Suspension May Mark End Of Career

America’s Cup sailor Dirk de Ridder has been suspended from sanctioned events for five years by sailing’s international governing body, two people with knowledge of the decision said Tuesday.