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Update of 17 March 2020 on the impact of the COVID-19 virus to rowing

Further to the recent updates from FISA, below is the latest update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on World Rowing events and activity in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Today FISA participated in a conference call held by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with all summer sport International Federations (IFs). The IOC and the IFs agreed on this communication updating on the status of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including qualification systems. The full communication from the IOC can be found here: https://www.olympic.org/news/communique-from-the-international-olympic-committee-ioc-regarding-the-olympic-games-tokyo-2020

In particular reference to qualification for the Olympic Games, FISA recognises the IOCs duty to take a coordinated approach in addressing the modifications to the qualification systems of all sports caused by event cancellations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The importance of giving as much certainty to our athletes and the rowing community as soon as possible is a high priority. FISA has been in daily contact with the IOC and aims to finalise changes to the qualification system with the IOC as soon as possible ahead of the planned IOC deadline of early April. The next communication will be posted as soon as agreement is reached with the IOC Executive Board.

In regard to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, solutions are still being sought to possibly reschedule one or more of the Paralympic qualification opportunities which have been cancelled. It is FISA’s aim to confirm any possible decisions by Sunday 5 April 2020. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is also taking a coordinated approach in revising qualification systems impacted by the pandemic. FISA is in close contact with the IPC regarding the qualification system and the athlete eligibility criteria, including classification, as outlined in the current 2020 Paralympic Games Rowing Qualification Guide. FISA aims to have an update on athlete eligibility criteria, including classification, on Sunday 5 April 2020.

All athletes, Member Federations and the rowing community in general should follow their respective National Health authorities’ recommendations and guidance in regard to rowing activity, training and events. Guidance from the FISA Sports Medicine Commission is available online, here: http://www.worldrowing.com/mm//Document/General/General/14/20/44/RecommendationsfromtheFISASportsMedicineCommissionCoronavirus270220F_Neutral.pdf

Matt Smith
Executive Director

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MEDIA RELEASE

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - CANCELLATION OF WORLD ROWING CUP III AND REMAINING OLYMPIC AND PARALYMPIC QUALIFICATION EVENTS

 

With the outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), the quickly growing number of cases now reported worldwide, the government actions to attempt to contain the transmission of the virus make it very difficult and unadvisable to stage international competitions during the months of March, April and through to May 2020.

The health and safety of the athletes and all other participants, including the general public as well as taking responsible and necessary measures to manage the spread of the virus are the priorities of all parties involved in running international rowing events. FISA and the respective Organising Committees (OCs) have been in regular contact since the outbreak began. In all calls, the latest information and recommendations from the World Health Organisation, other international health experts and the decisions of government and health authorities of the participating nations have been reviewed and discussed in detail.

All have realised the multitude of issues that would prevent teams from travelling now, during April and foreseeably during May, including the travel restrictions being imposed by an increasing number of national authorities, mandatory and voluntary quarantine periods, and lack of medical coverage for coronavirus in some countries.

These factors, amongst others, prevent the participation of Member Federations in the events scheduled in April and May 2020. We also understand that prompt and decisive action is being sought and is needed in order to minimise the negative financial impacts on all stakeholders given a pragmatic analysis of the situation.

The FISA Executive Committee and the respective Member Federations and the Organising Committees have taken the following decisions: 

1.    Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regattas

 

  1. Americas Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This Americas qualification event, scheduled for 2 to 5 April 2020, is cancelled.

The Olympic Solidarity/ FISA Development Training Camp that was scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro (28 March to 5 April 2020) has also been cancelled.

Classification for Athletes with Physical Impairments for the 2020 Americas Paralympic Qualification Regatta (1 April 2020) has also been cancelled.

The Olympic Solidarity/ FISA Level 1 Tutor training that was scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro (30 March to 4 April 2020) has also been cancelled.

The assessment for the FISA Level 1 Para Rowing Course that was scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro (29 to 31 March 2020) has also been cancelled.

Teams with accommodation/logistics queries should email the travel agency directly at marcelo.carraresi@absolut-sport.com.br (only if direct accommodation arrangements were made).

  1. Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland

This qualification event, scheduled for 17 to 19 May 2020, is cancelled and will not be postponed or relocated. Teams with accommodation/logistics queries should email Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

  1. The Continental Olympic qualification regattas:
  • Asia/Oceania Continental Olympic Qualification Regatta       
  • European Continental Olympic Qualification Regatta

are cancelled and will not be postponed or relocated.

2.    World Rowing Cup III in Lucerne, Switzerland

This event, scheduled for 22 to 24 May 2020, is cancelled and will not be postponed or relocated. Teams with accommodation/logistics queries should email Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

3.      World and European Rowing Events for the rest of 2020

FISA is in continuous contact with the Organising Committees staging events later in May, June and through to October 2020 to understand the challenges being faced. FISA is working on a daily basis to make well founded decisions and communicate them on a weekly basis to minimise negative consequences and create as much certainty as possible. As soon as possible, further information on these events will be issued.

4.    Changes in Qualification Opportunities

Qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games using the above planned regattas is no longer possible. 

Due to the later date of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, for the following Paralympic qualification regattas:

  • America Paralympic Qualification Regatta
  • Asia/Oceania Paralympic Qualification Regatta
  • European Paralympic Qualification Regatta
  • Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta

solutions are still being sought to possibly offer these qualification opportunities. The target for this decision will be no later than Sunday, 5 April 2020.

The planned FISA Development Programme / Olympic Solidarity Training Camps are cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

FISA is now in close contact with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in order to finalise proposals regarding the changes to the respective qualification systems. The next communication will take place on Tuesday, 17 March 2020.

FISA understands the tremendous disruption to athletes, crews and all training opportunities as a result of the global pandemic situation and is taking these decisions in the very best and most principled way we can under the circumstances. Due to the unprecedented containment measures being taken by governments around the world, we recognise that Member Federations’ planning for Tokyo 2020 qualification, travel, accommodation and equipment movement is changing on a daily basis. FISA is working to gather information, analyse carefully, make decisions and communicate promptly.

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FISA Council and European Rowing Board Meet in Budapest

The World Rowing Federation, FISA Council had its three-day annual meeting last weekend, from 31 January to 2 February 2020 in Budapest, Hungary.
Hosted by the Hungarian Rowing Federation and the State Secretary for Sport, the European Rowing Board also had a one-day meeting. The key outcomes from the meetings were:
FISA’s Strategic Plan – The Council reviewed the current strategic plan (http://www.worldrowing.com/mm//Document/General/General/13/55/04/WorldRowingStrategicFramework2018_Neutral.pdf ) and approved the proposal to change goal five from being focused only on the environment, to also include sustainability which encompasses the environment along with economic and social sustainability. This revised plan will be published shortly.
2019 Key Performance Indicators – The KPIs for 2019 were presented by the management for discussion and review by the Council. This report can be found at this link: http://www.worldrowing.com/fisa/publications/
FISA’s Olympic Strategy – The Council reviewed the latest developments with the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games (see update on Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games below). Masakuni Hosobuchi, Co-opted member of the Council, made a report. Hosobuchi stated that the rowing regatta at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is on track in terms of preparations. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) individual sport evaluation system, used since London 2012, was reviewed and the media team’s plans to work strategically were introduced. FISA will organise a means for National Rowing Federations to be informed and contribute to this effort for the sport.
For the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the IOC has recently issued a questionnaire to International Sports Federations seeking to add a new discipline or event to the Paris 2024 Olympic Programme. The Council re-confirmed their intention to propose to the October 2020 FISA Extraordinary Congress an Olympic Programme which includes three boat classes of coastal rowing. This questionnaire has a deadline of 28 February 2020 for submission but may be adapted following the Extraordinary Congress in October. Generally, for rowing, the preparations for Paris 2024 are proceeding well.
For the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games, the Council received the latest update on the possibility of moving the rowing venue to Long Beach, the 1932 Olympic rowing venue. After a recent site visit, it was determined that the only possibility at Long Beach would be a 1500 metre, seven-lane regatta course. Due to the bridge and other significant issues, it is not possible for a longer course. FISA is still studying a few more issues before a final decision will be taken.
2022 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), Dakar, Senegal – On 3 December 2019, the IOC confirmed that Coastal Rowing Beach Sprints will be an official event at these Games. The IOC approved an athlete quota of 120 rowers (60 men, 60 women) and five boat classes (men’s and women’s solo, men’s and women’s double sculls and mixed double sculls: CJM1x, CJW1x, CJM2x, CJW2x and CJMix2x). FISA is now preparing a draft qualification system for the event (in close cooperation with the IOC) and will be proposing qualification opportunities through a 2021 World Rowing Beach Sprint Championships and a series of continental Beach Sprint regattas in 2022.
Coastal Rowing – To help teams prepare for the Dakar 2022 YOG qualification, the Council has decided to add the same five junior category championship events to the 2020 World Rowing Beach Sprints Finals, scheduled for October 2020 in Oeiras, Portugal. Complete information will follow in the event bulletin which will be published soon.
FISA Continental Representative for Asia – During last year’s World Rowing Championships in Linz, Liu Aijie, Continental Representative for Asia, announced that he would step down due to his work responsibilities in China. After consultation with Member Federations and an internal selection process, a number of very qualified candidates were identified. Following interviews with the shortlisted candidates by the Executive Committee, the Council voted to appoint Fay Ho from Hong Kong, China to serve as FISA’s Asian Continental Representative. This appointment takes effect immediately, to complete the current two-year term ending in December 2020. Fay Ho will continue as Chair of the Para-rowing Commission through the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and an election for her successor will be held at the FISA Congress in October 2020.
Event Attribution – The 2019 European Rowing Extraordinary General Assembly empowered the European Rowing Board (ERB) to attribute the two remaining events needing hosts, following the Strategic Event Attribution Process of 2019. Three well-prepared bids were received for the 2024 European Rowing Championships; Linz-Ottensheim, AUT, Sabaudia, ITA and Trakai, LTU.
The ERB reviewed all aspects, including a comprehensive risk assessment, and awarded the event to Sabaudia. The same applied to the 2021 European Rowing Under 23 Championships. Three quality bids were received: Krefeld, GER, Kruszwica, POL and Sabaudia, ITA. The ERB awarded this event to Kruszwica, POL. Due to the awarding of the 2024 European Rowing Championships to Sabaudia, the first World Rowing Cup of 2024 remains open for bidding and any interested member federations may contact FISA to express interest.
2020 Provisional World and European Rowing Event Programmes – Following consultations with organising committees, television broadcasters, and member federations, the 2020 Provisional World Rowing Event Programmes, subject to entries, are confirmed for the following events:
1. World Rowing Cup I, Sabaudia, ITA
2. European Olympic and Paralympic Continental Qualification Regatta, Varese, ITA
3. World Rowing Cup II, Varese, ITA
4. Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta, Gavirate, ITA
5. Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, Lucerne, SUI
6. World Rowing Cup III, Lucerne, SUI
7. European Rowing Junior Championships, Belgrade, SRB
8. European Rowing Championships, Poznan, POL
9. Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Regatta, Tokyo, JPN
10. World Rowing Senior, Under 23 and Junior Championships, Bled, SLO
11. Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Regatta, Tokyo, JPN
12. European Rowing Under 23 Championships, Duisburg, GER
These regatta programmes can be found at this link: http://www.worldrowing.com/fisa/publications/fisa-circulars
2021 to 2024 Long Term Planning Calendar – Following consultations, the above-mentioned calendar was approved in terms of dates. This can also be found at this link: http://www.worldrowing.com/fisa/publications/
Preparation for the 2020 FISA Extraordinary Congress – The Council has now prepared draft “three-column” proposed changes to the FISA Statutes and Rules of Racing for consultation by the member federations. These are intended to be the main changes that will be proposed by the Council on 15 August 2020, two months before the Congress. These documents will soon be available in the Circular section of the website.
2020 Statute and Rules Bye-Law Changes – Due to the requirements of compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, a new WADA Athlete Data Consent Form will have to be signed by all rowers at FISA Events starting in 2020. The new form is found at this link:
Finances – The Treasurer made a review of FISA’s financial situation and proposed budget changes for 2020. The Executive Committee had approved 2019 additional expenditures of an estimated CHF 621,000 against estimated additional income of CHF 951,000. For 2020, the Executive Committee has approved additional expenditures of CHF 870,000 with an expectation of approximately CHF 425,000 of additional income. The current estimation on long-term reserve is CHF 3,800,000 for the end of the 2017 to 2020 four-year cycle.
Safeguarding from Harassment & Abuse in Rowing - Education and Awareness Programme - Following the launch of the FISA Safeguarding policy in February 2019, FISA has introduced a number of initiatives to raise awareness of the policy and educate rowing communities on the subject of safeguarding. This includes the publication of a comprehensive web page with links to additional resources, the introduction of Event Safeguarding Officers at World Rowing events and an education programme.
In 2019, several education sessions were held for staff, coach educators, Commission members and member federations. This approach continues in 2020 and at the Council meeting in Budapest, a specifically designed session for Council members was held and facilitated by Anne Tiivas, Chair and Director of Safe Sport International. The session provided the opportunity to discuss the role of the Council with respect to safeguarding, to discuss a number of example scenarios and possible approaches/outcomes.
The session also highlighted the crucial role of the member federations in ensuring that at a national level there are policies, procedures and a designated responsible person, as well as local education and awareness programmes. FISA and the member federations must work together in cooperation to help ensure a safe environment for all involved in rowing.
Thoughts - The Council held a moment of silence in memory of the passing of Honorary Council member Borge Kaas-Andersen, who passed away in December 2019. The Council members also sent their best wishes to Olympian Pete Reed of Great Britain who is recovering from a spinal stroke and to Olympian Filippo Mondelli of Italy, World Champion in 2018 in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls, who, after complaining of pain in his leg, was diagnosed with stage four Osteosarcoma and is having ongoing chemotherapy treatment.

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The World Rowing Federation, FISA, is pleased to announce the candidates presented by the member federations for the positions of FISA Treasurer and six seats on the FISA Council as Commission Chairs. The deadline for National Rowing Federations to nominate candidates was 17 June 2018 and the following individuals have been nominated:

  • Competitive Rowing Commission – Rosie Mayglothling (GBR)
  • Event Promotion Commission – Patricia Lambert (BEL)
  • Events Commission – Matthew Draper (AUS, proposed by Canadian Rowing Federation), Kris Grudt (USA), Nick Hunter (AUS), Eva Szanto (HUN),
  • Masters Commission – Ron Chen (USA)
  • Para-rowing Commission – Fay Ho (HKG), Louise Kingsley (GBR)
  • Umpiring Commission – Patrick Rombaut (BEL)

Regarding the election of a new FISA Treasurer to select a replacement for Mike Williams, who recently announced his intention to step down after 25 years as Treasurer, the Dutch Rowing Federation has nominated Gerritjan Eggenkamp who is currently a Co-opted Council member

An additional election will be held to replace Mike Tanner, retiring Chair of the Events Commission, as a member of the Executive Committee. Following the completion of the above-mentioned Commission Chair elections, the Council will present a candidate from among the Commission Chairs to complete the term of Mike Tanner on the Executive Committee which runs until 31 December 2021.

The elections will take place at the FISA Congress due to be held following the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on 17 September 2018.

 

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Jean-Christophe Rolland a repris le flambeau comme nouveau président de la FISA, il a reçu symboliquement les clés des mains de Denis Oswald lors du dîner de Gala qui s'est tenu à Lucerne (Suisse) pendant la Coupe du Monde d'Aviron.

C’était l’occasion de rendre hommage à la présence de Denis Oswald à la tête de la FISA et du mouvement Olympique, ainsi que d’accueillir Jean-Christophe Rolland à cette présidence, en présence d'un grand nombre d'invités venus du monde sportif, Parmi eux, le président d'honneur du Comité International Olympique, Jacques Rogge, le président du Comité International Paralympique, Philip Craven, le vice -président du CIO, John Coates et le président de Sportaccord, Hein Verbruggen, Etaient également présents, de nombreux Présidents de Comités Olympiques de par le monde, ainsi que plusieurs membres du CIO et de hauts représentants du monde sportif.

Jean-Christophe Rolland a rendu hommage à la remarquable carrière de Denis Oswald et à sa contribution au développement de l'aviron, « Je dois dire que nous avons beaucoup de chance à la FISA » dit Rolland, « Lors de débats et de discussions, nous n'avons jamais été liés à des intérêts personnels, à des manipulations ou à de manœuvres financières, mais toujours au bien-être de l'aviron et des rameurs et rameuses, Lors des discussions, les intérêts des athlètes étaient toujours prioritaires.

Champion Olympique pour la France en 2000, Rolland fait partie depuis 21 ans de la FISA, En tant qu'athlète, il s'implique, dès 1994, dans la Commission des athlètes de la FISA, Il est élu à la présidence de cette Commission en 2002 et devient, de fait, membre du Conseil de la FISA, En 2004 Rolland est élu au Comité Exécutif.

Rolland est ingénieur civil et possède un master en Génie électrique, Il travaille depuis 1993 pour EDF, une des plus grandes entreprises fournisseurs d’électricité du monde, Récemment, Rolland conclut un accord de sponsoring entre EDF et le Comité d'Organisation des Jeux Olympiques de Londres en 2012, Depuis son déménagement à Lausanne (Suisse), Rolland a pu reprendre, sur base volontaire, la présidence de la FISA comme partie intégrale de sa fonction à EDF.

Depuis son élection à la présidence de la FISA en septembre 2013, lors du Congrès de la FISA, Rolland a pu travailler ces 9 derniers mois en étroite collaboration avec Denis Oswald et acquérir ainsi les connaissances nécessaires pour accomplir au mieux sa tâche présidentielle.

 

 

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