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This is a reminder of the World Rowing Safeguarding Webinars that are going to take place in the coming weeks.

Please check the information regarding each of the webinars below, and follow the links to register and attend:

Safeguarding Participants in Rowing from Harassment & Abuse - Education and Awareness Programme

World Rowing has created a short series of interactive webinars, which will be held on 15, 19 and 26 March 2021. The webinars are aimed at raising awareness of safeguarding matters across the entire rowing community, supporting our member federations in implementing safeguarding policies and procedures, and ensuring a safe environment for all participants in rowing. Three one-hour webinars are planned. Each webinar will run at 1pm and 7pm CET on the specified dates, in order to provide maximum opportunity for global participation across all rowing communities. They will be free and open to all. You will need to register to be able to access the webinar; please use the links below.

15 March, 1pm and 7pm CET

Webinar 1 – What is safeguarding in rowing and how should we deal with it?

Moderator: Mark Mungal

Panellists: Sandi Kirby; Annamarie Phelps

19 March, 1pm and 7pm CET

Webinar 2 – The Athlete & Coach perspective: creating a safe environment.

Moderator: Mark Mungal

Panellists: Lenka Dienstbach-Wech; Frida Svensson; Mehdi Garidi; Sandi Kirby

26 March, 1pm and 7pm CET

Webinar 3 – Member Federation leaders and officials: practical guidance on developing policy & procedures.

Moderator: Jeff Powell

Panellists: Annamarie Phelps; Chris Perry

Please check the Safeguarding webpage on the World Rowing website for further info including speaker bios .

Kind regards,

Paolo Mattana
Development Manager


World Rowing Event Decisions for 1 March 2021

  1. 2021 World Rowing Cup, Sabaudia, Italy 4 - 6 June 2021 is confirmed.

Following extensive discussions with all key stakeholders, the World Rowing Executive Committee has verified that the preparations of the Organising Committee (OC) of the 2021 World Rowing Cup III, Sabaudia conforms to the World Rowing requirements for 2021 regattas and has therefore confirmed that the regatta will take place from  4 - 6 June 2021. 

As required by World Rowing’s event management guidance (Return to Regattas found here) which was successfully tested during 2020, the OC has developed a covid-19 protection plan for staging the event based on the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) & World Rowing. The plan has been carefully reviewed and approved by the Local Health Authorities. World Rowing and the OC are confident that the measures planned to be in place are appropriate to minimise the risk of transmission and infection at the event. The event covid-19 Response Plan is available online at

Each Member Federation is responsible to exercise maximum care for its team members before, during and after the event. All participants must follow the measures in the OC covid-19 Protection Plan at all times, including the wearing of masks at all times except in the boat, on an ergometer or at meals, social distancing and regular disinfection, among the other measures published by the OC.

In addition to meeting any local government requirements, each participant at the regatta will be required to complete a Pre-Event Health Questionnaire and Member Federations are obliged to sign a consent form accepting responsibility for their team members. The forms will be sent out to Member Federations directly by the Sabaudia OC and must be completed and returned to the OC by email to Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.. In addition, all participation conditions will be explained to participating athletes and officials in a webinar to be organised before travel to the event. To protect the health of all participants, anyone not adhering to the participation conditions will be immediately disqualified and excluded from the event, at the discretion of the World Rowing Executive Committee.

Following the announcement on 8 February 2021 that para-rowing events will not take place at World Rowing Cup III in Sabaudia due to the postponement of the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Gavirate, an updated Provisional Programme for Sabaudia is available on the event page, here.

World Rowing and the Sabaudia OC continue to monitor the covid-19 situation in Italy and the latest recommendations from the WHO and local health authorities. Any further updates will be communicated to the Member Federations directly.

  1. Decision on the Asia and Oceania Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta delayed

The Executive Committee and the Organising Committee in Tokyo have decided to delay the decision on this event until 8 March 2021. The current State of Emergency in Tokyo is scheduled to end on 7 March 2021 and an announcement on the next steps by the government authorities will be clear by then. World Rowing will announce the next steps on this decision on 8 March 2021 at 9 am CET.

  1. Rumours on status of World Rowing Championship events

The Executive Committee has been informed of rumours about a possible change in status from “World Champion” of the World Rowing Junior and World Rowing Under 23 Championships. The Executive Committee would like it to be clear to member federations, rowers and coaches that there is absolutely no intention to change the status of these World Championship events. These two events will be evaluated approximately three months before their staging dates (12 April and 10 May) and will be confirmed when all World Rowing requirements for 2021 regattas have been have been appropriately addressed.

  1. Member Federation Zoom Meeting

World Rowing will hold Video Conference Calls for Member Federations tomorrow, Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 09:00 hrs CET and 17:00 hrs CET to cover essential elements of these decisions and as an opportunity for representatives to ask any questions relating to these World Rowing events. Representatives of Member Federations and participants are welcome to join this Zoom MF Meeting on Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 09:00 hrs CET and 17:00 hrs CET at the following link:

  1. Once you click on the link you will be asked to input your name/surname and email address(please, type your 3 letter country (NOC) code followed by your name); then click on “Register”. 
    2. At this point,you will be shown the link to access the live session. You will also receive the link to the email address you have input. If you access this procedure when the live session has already started, you will be able to enter the session directly after inputting name/surname and email address

Matt Smith
Executive Director



To: European Member Federations

Re: Arrangements for Training around the 2021 Varese regattas

Following the confirmation that the European Olympic and Paralympic Continental Qualification Regatta (EOPCQR) and European Rowing Championships (ERCH) will take place as scheduled in Varese, ITA and the publication of their COVID-19 Protection Plan, we can now confirm arrangements for training camps prior to the venue opening and possibilities for crews which are only competing in the ERCH to train during the preceding qualification regatta.  A key principle of the COVID-19 protection plan is the reduction of people at the event venue, where possible, to minimise contact and, considering the importance of protecting the teams competing in the EOPCQR, the following decisions have been made:

  • Training Camps prior to Saturday, 3 April 2021
    • Training camps from the event venue will be possible at the discretion of the Organising Committee up to the day prior to the official opening of the venue for training for the EOPCQR ie. until Friday 2 April. 
    • From the Saturday 3 April the venue will officially open for training for the EOPCQR and as such only crews and officials accredited for that event shall have access to the venue from that time.
  • European Olympic and Paralympic Continental Qualification Regatta – Official Training Days (Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 April)
    • On all days the venue is open for training for the EOPCQR only crews and officials accredited for that event shall have access to the venue.  Crews and officials only competing at the ERCH shall not have access to the venue on those days.
  • European Olympic and Paralympic Continental Qualification Regatta – Racing Days (5, 6 and 7 April 2021)
    • Monday 5 April – only access to crews and officials who are competing at the EOPCQR, no access for crews and officials who are only competing in the ERCH
    • Tuesday 6 April – only access to crews and officials who are competing at the EOPCQR, no access for crews and officials who are only competing in the ERCH.  The possibility of opening the venue for a period in the evening of Tuesday 6 April to allow ERCH officials to rig boats is being explored.
    • Wednesday 7 April – prior to and during racing only access to crews and officials who are competing at the EOPCQR.  The venue shall open for ERCH crews and officials one hour after racing finishes at the EOPCQR.
      • The possibility of starting racing earlier to allow more training time is being explored
  • European Rowing Championships and pre-training (from afternoon 7 April 2021)
    • Normal training shall commence from one hour after racing finishes at the EOPCQR on Wednesday 7 April, and take place as normal on Thursday 8 April.

This is different than what would typically be the case at European Rowing events however this arrangement conforms with the COVID Protection Plan for the two events.

If you have any questions or need any further clarification please email the Event Manager for this event: Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.

On behalf of the World Rowing Executive Committee and the European Rowing Board,


Matt Smith

World Rowing Event Information at 15 February 2021

Classification situation for Regattas in 2021

Due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, the World Rowing Classification Advisory Panel (CAP) has established an alternative COVID-19 Classification Protocol (CCP). This protocol will only be followed when it will not be possible for two international classifiers to travel to or participate in a World Rowing classification panel for classification at an event.

This CCP will utilise alternative means, including video conferencing, combined with one international and one national classifier, in order to temporarily classify those rowers who need to participate in a Paralympic Games qualification regatta or in order to meet the Paralympic Games eligibility requirement of competing at a World Rowing Regatta. Athletes classified under the CCP will receive a “NEW” sport class status. Athletes classified under the CCP will be required to attend a full physical classification later by a World Rowing International Panel before being allowed to compete in later 2021 regattas or at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. 

At this time, the only affected event is the classification panel in Rio de Janeiro scheduled for 3 March 2021, prior to the Americas Olympic & Paralympic Continental Qualification Regatta. For the Americas Continental Qualification Regatta, World Rowing will accept, on an exceptional basis, this NEW sport class status for athletes to be allowed to race in Rio and attempt to qualify for the Paralympic Games. All athletes classified in Rio will need to be classified later, in person, by a World Rowing International panel before being allowed to compete in later 2021 regattas or the Paralympic Games. 

We thank you for your understanding of this matter as we navigate the challenging situation posed by COVID-19.


Para Rowing events for the Asia / Oceania Continental Paralympic Qualification Regatta

An update on the Asian/Oceanian Paralympic Continental Qualification was due to be made today, Monday 15 February.  The postponement of the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta has created a further consideration in this planning. Unfortunately, a staging partner requires a bit more time before an announcement can be made about these events.  A further update will be made on Monday, 22 February 2021.

Next Announcements

The next decision milestone is Monday, 22 February 2021 for the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, World Rowing Cup II scheduled for Lucerne, Switzerland and the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta scheduled for Gavirate, Italy.

Decisions on the Staging of World Rowing Events at 8 February 2021


World Rowing faces several critical decisions for the first World Rowing Cup regatta and the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta, both envisioning global participation. A decision-making framework was created to provide certainty about when decisions on events would be made and to minimise the financial consequences for all stakeholders if events could not go forward. A key milestone in this process has now been reached with decisions due on whether the first events open to global participation should take place.

It has been World Rowing’s position that sport should continue during this pandemic and that events should, when and where possible, take place while keeping the safety and health of rowers and participants as the priority. In 2020, World Rowing and the Organising Committees agreed that intercontinental participation regattas, mainly for travel restriction reasons, could not take place successfully, and were cancelled. However, continental events were postponed with the anticipation to find periods when they could take place. Three European Championship regattas were successfully staged in late September and early October under strict COVID-19 transmission mitigation measures.

The decision-making framework for all events during the pandemic starts with two key considerations: first, the will and the ability of the organising committee and the host city to still stage the event in the current circumstances and, second, the full commitment of the organising committee and host city to implement the strict COVID-19 transmission mitigation measures required by World Rowing’s “Return to Regattas” guidelines.

  1. World Rowing Cup I planned for Zagreb, Croatia from 30 April to 2 May 2021

Following extensive discussions with all key stakeholders, the World Rowing Executive Committee has verified that preparations for the World Rowing Cup I conform with the World Rowing requirements for 2021 regattas and have therefore confirmed that the regatta will take place as planned from 30 April – 2 May at the Lake Jarun Regatta Course in Zagreb.   

World Rowing is profoundly aware of the obstacles national teams are facing in taking part in international events. However, World Rowing believes it is its duty to provide competition opportunities for athletes, when and where possible, while keeping the safety and health of rowers as the priority. As this event is not a qualification regatta for the Olympic or Paralympic Games, World Rowing believes that Member Federations will be able to freely evaluate their ability to travel to Zagreb and compete at this event without the external pressure of qualification.

As required by World Rowing’s event management guidance (Return to Regattas found here) which was successfully tested during 2020, the OC has developed a COVID -19 protection plan for staging the event based on the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) & World Rowing. The plan has been carefully reviewed and approved by the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Croatian Civil Protection Headquarters. World Rowing and the OC are confident that the measures planned to be in place are appropriate to minimise the risk of transmission and infection at the event. The regatta COVID -19 Protection Plan is available online at

Each Member Federation is responsible to exercise maximum care for its team members before, during and after the event. All participants must follow the measures in the OC COVID -19 Protection Plan at all times, including the wearing of masks at all times except in the boat, on an ergometer or at meals, social distancing and regular disinfection among the other measures published by the OC.

In addition to meeting any local government requirements, each participant at the regatta will be required to complete a Pre-Event Health Questionnaire and Member Federations are obliged to sign a consent form accepting responsibility for their team members. The forms will be sent out to Member Federations directly by the Zagreb OC and must be completed and returned to the OC by email to Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.. In addition, all participation conditions will be explained to participating athletes and officials in a webinar to be organised before travel to the event. To protect the health of all participants, anyone not adhering to the participation conditions will be immediately disqualified and excluded from the event, at the discretion of the World Rowing Executive Committee.

World Rowing and the Zagreb organising committee will continue to monitor travel restrictions and the global COVID-19 situation.

The remaining World Cup regattas will be addressed individually according to the published decision-making timelines (updated below).

  1. Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta planned for Gavirate, Italy from 6 to 8 May 2021

The Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta with global participation is open to all Member Federations and is the final opportunity for all Para rowers to qualify for the Paralympic Games. Gavirate, Italy is the planned host of the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta from 6 to 8 May 2021. The organising committee has full support of local government and has also prepared comprehensive COVID-19 transmission mitigation plans.

In addition to the first two decision-making considerations mentioned above, for World Rowing, the third consideration applied to qualification events is access for the participants. In order to make the most informed decision on whether a “fair and equal opportunity to access the event” can be achieved for teams travelling globally to Gavirate, information was gathered through a global survey of Member Federations last week. It has become clear that not all Member Federations will currently be able to access the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta without significant difficulties. 

In order to give the greatest possible chance for the event to take place, the organising committee will postpone the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta to 3 - 5 June 2021 and, thus delaying the decision date. The Gavirate International Para Rowing Regatta will also move by a month to 4 to 6 June 2021 and the Para Rowing events planned for the World Rowing Cup III in Sabaudia, ITA will move to the Gavirate International Para Rowing Regatta the same weekend. The new dates correspond with the final equipment transport deadlines for the Tokyo Paralympic Games. The final decision on the staging of Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta will be announced on 22 February 2021.

Member Federation Survey

As noted above, a global survey of Member Federations as well as extensive consultations with all stakeholders has been carried out. More and more national governments, implementing short-term measures to maximise the chance of positive progress over the coming months, have instituted travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines or self-isolations that are enacted and retracted at extremely short notice causing great uncertainty for travel. Mandatory testing before and after travel between countries have raised costs for travellers and flight cancellations have become very unpredictable.

It is recognised that if a person tests positive for COVID-19, beyond the potential health impacts of contracting the virus, the impact on all those around that person are significant as mandatory testing and quarantine are imposed which, depending on location, could mean a hotel room or a hospital room, loss of the opportunity to train and at significant time and cost. Many Member Federations are reporting that they are not able to source insurance coverage for such situations which increases the financial risk of travelling and competing.

Even with the start of vaccinations, Member Federations indicate these are not likely to be carried out globally at the same times and rates. Additionally, many Member Federations report that there is no priority confirmed for Olympic or Paralympic athletes and vaccinations in the time frame for the events noted above (February to early June).

As the last Olympic Games boat shipment for Tokyo as part of the Games’ Freight Support Plan is currently scheduled for 17 May 2021, there is no option to delay the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne. The last Paralympic Games boat shipment as part of the Games’ Freight Support Plan is currently scheduled for 8 June 2021.

The next decision milestone is Monday, 22 February 2021 for the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta and World Rowing Cup II scheduled for Lucerne, Switzerland. The decision on the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta will also be announced on Monday, 22 February 2021.


Para Rowing events for the Asia / Oceania Continental Paralympic Qualification Regatta

An update on the Asian/Oceanian Paralympic Continental Qualification was due to be made on Monday 8 February.  The postponement of the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta has created a further consideration in this planning and as such more time is required to confirm a solution for these events.  A further update will be made on Monday, 15 February 2021.

Member Federation Zoom Meetings are scheduled for 9 am and 5 pm CET tomorrow, 9 February 2021. Member Federations may access these zoom meetings with this link:

World Rowing Executive Committee

8 February 2021

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

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:

Matt Smith
Executive Director - Media Release of 14 March 2020



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 (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 Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.

  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 Dit e-mailadres wordt beveiligd tegen spambots. JavaScript dient ingeschakeld te zijn om het te bekijken.

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 ( ) 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:
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:
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:
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.


For immediate release
Tokyo, 11 February 2017

The World Rowing Federation’s, FISA’s, 2017 Extraordinary Congress gathered in Tokyo, Japan, the home of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This was significant as one of the biggest items on the agenda was to make a decision on the boat classes that would be proposed to the IOC as the programme for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Congress delegates, made up of representatives nominated by national rowing federations, were presented with two proposals that would create a gender equal programme at the Olympic Games. The FISA Council proposal, in order to create gender equality, was to replace the lightweight men’s four with the women’s four. The Council’s proposal passed with 94 votes in favour to 67 in favour of the alternative proposal from the national federations of AUS, CHN, DEN and SUI. The proposal will be presented to the International Olympic Committee.

Para-rowers will now race 2000 metres instead of 1000 metres, the previous situation. This will be the case at all World Rowing events as well as the Paralympic Games, and makes for better integration of para-rowing into the regatta programmes.

Either males or females may serve as coxswains regardless of whether the boat is a women’s crew or a men’s crew. The minimum weight for a coxswain is now 55kg and the maximum amount of deadweight is 15kg.

American Samoa became FISA’s 151st member national federation and is seen as a growth of rowing in the Oceania region.

The FISA Extraordinary Congress takes place every four years in the year after the Olympic Games. 2017 is the first occasion for FISA to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

More information available here.

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FISA, "Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron" in het Frans, of het Engelse equivalent "International Federation of Rowing Associations" is het bestuursorgaan van de roeisport. Het is gemachtigd door zijn 142 leden, zijnde Nationale Roeifederaties, de Nationale Olympische Comités en het Internationaal Olympisch Comité, om de roeisport te besturen.

FISA bepaalt de regels en voorschriften om de roeisport uit te oefenen, in al zijn vormen (zie, en organiseert gesanctioneerde wereldkampioenschappen. Het biedt ook advies en expertise voor de organisatie van roeiwedstrijden, de opleiding van coaches en andere zaken gerelateerd aan de sport en diens ontwikkeling.


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12 juli 2014: Jean-Christophe Rolland heeft de fakkel overgenomen als nieuwe voorzitter van FISA.

Rolland kreeg de symbolische sleutel overhandigd van Denis Oswald op het galadiner gehouden tijdens de World Rowing Cup in Luzern, Zwitserland op zaterdagavond.

De avond was een viering van Oswald's jaren bij FISA en de Olympische beweging, evenals een welkom aan Rolland's presidentschap in het bijzijn van gasten uit de bredere sportwereld waaronder de erevoorzitter van het Internationaal Olympisch Comité (IOC) Jacques Rogge, de voorzitter van het Internationaal Paralympisch Comité Philip Craven, IOC vicevoorzitter John Coates en voormalig voorzitter van Sportaccord Hein Verbruggen. Ook voorzitters van de Internationale Olympisch Comités wereldwijd, verschillende IOC-leden en sport hoogwaardigheidsbekleders waren aanwezig.

Rolland prees de opmerkelijke carrière van Oswald en zijn bijdrage tot de ontwikkeling van de roeisport. "Ik zou willen zeggen dat we veel geluk hebben bij FISA." zei Rolland. "Als we dan toch debatten en discussies hebben, dan zijn ze nooit gelinkt aan persoonlijke belangen, manipulaties of financiële verduisteringen, maar altijd voor het welzijn van de roeisport en haar roeiers. De belangen van de atleet komen steeds op de eerste plaats tijdens besprekingen."

Hij werd Olympisch kampioen in 2000 voor Frankrijk, Rolland vormt tevens al 21 jaar een onderdeel van FISA. Hij was als atleet betrokken bij de FISA Athletes' Commission in 1994. Vervolgens werd hij verkozen als voorzitter van de Athletes' Commission in 2002 en werd dus deel van de FISA Council. In 2004 werd Rolland verkozen in het Executive Committee.

Rolland is Burgerlijk Ingenieur met een Master in Elektrotechniek. Hij werkt voor EDF, één van 's werelds toonaangevende elektrische nutsbedrijven, sinds 1993. Recentelijk beheerde Rolland het sponsorprogramma van EDF met het Olympisch Organisatiecomité van London 2012. Sinds zijn verhuis naar Lausanne, Zwitserland als onderdeel van zijn taak bij EDF, kan Rolland vrijwillig zijn taak als FISA voorzitter opnemen.

Sinds hij verkozen werd als FISA voorzitter tijdens de verkiezingen van september 2013 op het FISA Congres, heeft Rolland de laatste 9 maanden nauw samengewerkt met Oswald om de nodige kennis te verwerven om zijn presidentiële rol met verve te kunnen vervullen.

FISA heeft een jarenlange toonaangevende rol in anti-doping

  • Eerste internationale federatie die controles buiten competitie uitvoerde in 1983.
  • Vestigde een verplichte Levenslange Verbanning voor een eerste dopingovertreding in 1989 (later teruggebracht naar 2 jaar in 2003 in overeenstemming met de Wereld Anti-Doping Code).
  • Vestigde de FISA Atleten Engagementsverklaring in 1991 waarin een “geen doping” clausule werd opgenomen. WADA volgde met een soortgelijk formulier voor alle atleten in … 2015.
  • Vestigde bloed “stalenafnames” pre-competitie in 2001 die gebruikt werden voor gerichte doeleinden en als een manier om de prevalentie te bepalen van abnormale resultaten onder de roei-populatie.
  • Richtte Buiten Competitie Bloedafnames op in 2009.
  • Introduceerde het Hematologisch Paspoort in overeenstemming met de richtlijnen van WADA in 2010. FISA had reeds een database met gegevens van bloedafnames om mee te werken. FISA’s APMU (Athlete Passport Management Unit) is het Anti-Doping laboratorium in Lausanne.
  • Uitvoering van het Steroïden Paspoort met behulp van het Lausanne Laboratory als APMU die alle biologische paspoorten controleert.
  • FISA gebruikt ADAMS (WADA’s gecentraliseerde online datasysteem) voor alle testresultaten en Vrijstellingen voor Therapeutisch Gebruik (TUE) zodat WADA alle TUE-goedkeuringen kan controleren.
  • FISA was één van de vier sporten die pre-competitie testen uitvoerde op de Olympische Spelen van Peking 2008 en één van de zes op de OS van Londen 2012.
  • Eerste Internationale Federatie die biotechnologie (DNA-testen) gebruikte in 2007 om anti-doping schendingen te vervolgen. Dit was de preolympisch onderzoek voor Peking op de Russische Roeifederatie wat resulteerde in 7 overtredingen en de opschorting van de federatie.
  • Vestigde een “Geen-naalden” beleid in 2011 (tenzij medisch verantwoord en goedgekeurd door FISA). Dit FISA initiatief werd later overgenomen door de wielrennen- en gymnastiek federaties en het IOC.

FISA en Anti-Doping vandaag

Bloed- en urinemonsters worden verzameld zowel in als buiten competitie.

Hematologisch paspoort - stalenafname zijn zowel gericht als willekeurig in landen die deelnemen aan wedstrijden van wereldniveau.

Paspoorten beheerd door een derde partij APMU

Steroïden paspoort nu ook geïmplementeerd daar APMU alle paspoorten beheerd.

Alle TUE’s zijn opgenomen in ADAMS zodat WADA kan controleren.

Geen-naalden beleid op alle World Rowing evenementen.

Anti-Doping testen worden jaarlijks openlijk gemeld in de FISA Circulaires (bvb. Circular No. 2 van 2015, item 17):

Er is een speciale sub site op de website:

 De besluiten over elk individueel geval worden gemeld op deze sub website.

Tricia Smith verkozen als voorzitter van het OC Canad

Olympisch zilveren medaillewinnaar Tricia Smith werd verkozen tot voorzitter van het Canadese Olympisch Comité (COC), is vandaag bekend gemaakt.

triciasmithSmith, die tweede eindigde in de tweezonder met Elizabeth Craig bij de Spelen van 1984 in Los Angeles, werd verkozen voor Peter Lawless, een advocaat uit Brits Colombia met jarenlange topsportervaring als coach in het wielrennen en de atletiek.

Ze deed dienst als interim COC voorzitter na het ontslag van Marcel Aubut, die aftrad nadat verschillende onderzoeken naar hem werden geopend inzake vermeende seksuele intimidatie.

The decision was made by an 80-strong electorate at the COC headquarters in Montreal and Smith, also a vice-president of the International Rowing Federation, will serve the remainder of Aubut’s four-year-term in office.
De beslissing werd genomen door een 80-koppig electoraat in het COC hoofdkwartier in Montreal en Smith, tevens vicepresident van de Internationale Roeibond, zal de rest van Aubut’s 4-jarige ambtstermijn vervullen.

De 58-jarige zal het COC leiden tot april 2017.

Smith werd verkozen als een van de twee COC vicevoorzitters in 2009 nadat ze fungeerde als “Chef de mission” van de Noord-Amerikaanse natie voor de Pan Amerikaanse Spelen van Rio 2007.

Naast advocate en zakenvrouw zijnde, won ze ook zeven WK-medailles en goud op de Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh 1986 gedurende 12 jaar als lid van de Canadese nationale roeiploeg.

Ze werd geselecteerd voor vier Olympische Spelen, hoewel ze uiteindelijk niet deelnam in Moskou 1980 als gevolg van de Canadese boycot.

 “Namens het Canadese Paralympisch Comité, onze felicitaties aan Tricia als ze begint aan haar presidentschap,” aldus Gaétan Tardif, voorzitter van het Canadese Paralympisch Comité.

 “Tricia brengt veelomvattend, positief leiderschap aan de Canadese Olympische Beweging.

 “Haar jarenlange ervaring zowel in de sport als in de wet zijn ongeëvenaard - ze plaatst de coaches en roeiers op de eerste plaats en gelooft sterk in de positieve kracht van sport.”

Haar benoeming volgt na de schok van de openbaringen tegen Aubut, die hem tijdelijk zagen aftreden van zijn rol als COC Voorzitter alvorens hij formeel ontslag nam als gevolg van een onderzoek door een vrouw betrokken bij de Canadese Olympische Stichting.

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FISA, de World Rowing Federation, is verheugd om aan te kondigen dat de Sloveen Iztok Cop de meest prestigieuze roeitrofee in ontvangst mag nemen; de Thomas Keller Medaille 2015.

CopDe medaille duidt de meest opmerkelijke roeicarrière aan en Cop werd verkozen uit een indrukwekkende lijst finalisten waaronder Rossano Galtarossa (ITA), Rob Waddell (NZL), Greg Searle (GBR), Caryn Davies (USA) en Caroline en Georgina Evers-Swindell (NZL).

Cop stond meer dan 2 decennia aan de top in het roeien en werd in die tijd Slovenië’s meest gemedailleerde roeier. Zijn opmerkelijke carrière begon als junior Wereldkampioen, deel uitmakend van het Joegoslavische roeiteam. Op 19-jarige leeftijd, maakte Cop al deel uit van het senior nationale team en won een zilveren medaille op de Wereldkampioenschappen van 1991 in de heren twee-zonder. Dit was een speciaal moment voor Cop want hoewel hij roeide voor Joegoslavië, had Slovenië toen recent de onafhankelijkheid verworven en zodoende werd deze medaille door Slovenië erkend als hun eerste WK-medaille.

COP kellermedal2Cop nam vanaf toen deel voor het Sloveense Olympische Team aan de OS van 1992. Cop’s bronzen medaille in de heren twee-zonder op deze Spelen was de eerste Olympische medaille ooit voor Slovenië. Dit bracht Cop in de schijnwerpers en hielp het roeien promoten in zijn thuisland.

In 1995 werd Cop Wereldkampioen, wat niet alleen zijn eerste titel was op senior niveau maar ook een primeur voor Slovenië - een wereldtitel in een Olympische sport.

 Dominik Keller - Iztok Cop - Jean-Christophe Rolland

Deze keer deed Cop het in de heren skiff wat ook het gemak aangeeft waarmee hij van bootklasse wisselt. Cop ging vervolgens door wat hij noemde een moeilijke periode. Hij eindigde driemaal als vierde. Echter, Cop vond zijn weg terug naar het podium en in 1999, samen met Luka Spik in de heren dubbeltwee, wonnen ze de Wereldtitel.

Op de Olympische Spelen van Sydney in 2000, werden Cop en Spik Olympische kampioenen. Opnieuw een primeur voor zijn land. In de daaropvolgende jaren van Cop’s carrière bewoog hij tussen skiff en dubbel overwinningen op Wereldkampioenschappen en vervolgens het behalen van zilver in dubbeltwee op de Olympische Spelen van 2004 in Athene.

Op de Wereldkampioenschappen van 2005 snelde Cop naar het zilver in zowel de heren dubbeltwee en dubbelvier. Deze prestatie werd erkend met ontvangst door Cop en Spik van de titel Herenploeg van het Jaar 2005. Cop bleef deelnemen tot Londen 2012 op de leeftijd van 40 jaar. Op de Olympische Spelen van Londen, wonnen Cop en Spik brons, een fantastische afsluiter van hun carrière.

Cop’s vriend en concurrent, Olympisch kampioen Olaf Tufte uit Noorwegen verklaarde dit over Cop, “Iztok is wellicht de beste roeier en skiffeur die ik ooit ontmoette. Hij is niet de grootste, of de sterkste, maar hij heeft hét gevoel om een boot voort te bewegen. Hij heeft een zeer harde mentale vechtlust.”

De Thomas Keller Medaille zal aan Cop gepresenteerd worden op zaterdag 11 juli 2015 tijdens de Wereldbeker finales in Luzerne, Zwitserland. Hij zal de medaille ontvangen uit handen van Dominik Keller, zoon van wijlen Thomas Keller, voormalig FISA voorzitter, op een gala diner.

keller1Over de Thomas Keller Medaille

De Thomas Keller Medaille is de hoogste onderscheiding in de roeisport. Het erkent een uitzonderlijke internationale roeicarrière alsook een voorbeeldige sportiviteit en legendarisch aspect. De prijs is vernoemd naar wijlen de voorzitter van FISA, Thomas Keller (Thomi). Geboren in 1924, werd Keller verkozen tot FISA-voorzitter in 1958, op de leeftijd van 34 jaar en daarmee de jongste voorzitter ooit van een internationale sportfederatie.

Na de Olympische Spelen van 1988, bekroonde Thomi Keller spontaan Peter-Michael Kolbe en Pertti Karppinen met de FISA Ere-medaille om één van de grootste rivaliteiten in de sportgeschiedenis te herdenken en hun uitzonderlijke talent en sportiviteit te erkennen. Dit vormde het idee van de Thomas Keller Medaille die werd geïnitieerd door de familie Keller volgend op het overlijden van Thomi in 1989. Hij werd voor het eerst uitgereikt aan de grote Noorse roeier Alf Hansen in 1990.

Previous Thomas Keller Medal winners:

1990 Alf Hansen (NOR) / 1991 Thomas Greiner (GER) / 1994 Yuri Pimenov (RUS)

1996 Francesco Esposito (ITA) / 1996 Nikolai Pimenov (RUS) / 1996 Rolf Thorsen (NOR)

1997 Carmine Abbagnale (ITA) / 1997 Giuseppe Abbagnale (ITA) / 1997 Jana Sorgers (GER)

1997 Thomas Lange (GER) / 1998 Kerstin Koeppen (GER) / 1998 Roland Baar (GER)

1999 Kathleen Heddle (CAN) / 1999 Silken Laumann (CAN) / 2001 Steve Redgrave (GBR)

2002 Marnie McBean (CAN) / 2003 Peter Antonie (AUS) / 2004 Nico Rienks (NED)

2005 Matthew Pinsent (GBR) / 2006 Agostino Abbagnale (ITA) / 2007 Mike McKay (AUS)

2008 Elisabeta Lipa (ROU) / 2009 Kathrin Boron (GER) / 2010 James Tomkins (AUS)

2011 Jueri Jaanson (EST) / 2012 Vaclav Chalupa (CZE) / 2013 Eskild Ebbesen (DEN)

2014 Drew Ginn (AUS) / 2015 Iztok Cop (SLO)

For immediate release ( - Lausanne, 2 July 2015)

Vrouwen in de roeisport - Winnaars fotowedstrijd

Jullie hebben meer dan 500 foto’s ingestuurd. Ze kwamen uit de hele wereld.
Het waren vrouwen in de roeisport.

De fotowedstrijd van World Rowing in samenwerking met de Internationale Vrouwendag 2015 toonde de steun voor vrouwen in de roeisport wereldwijd. Met behulp van het thema “We Roeien, We Zweten, We Streven” toonden de foto’s werkelijk de ongelooflijke passie voor de sport in een verscheidenheid van manieren.

Zes foto’s werden willekeurig gekozen als de “winnaars” en we zouden ze graag met u delen. De foto’s werden verzonden naar World Rowing via onze Facebook en Twitter kanalen door Beatriz Garroux, Brooke Mooney, Bruce Jenkins, Samaakhya Gajanayake, Ed Dobento en Little big rower.


Winnaars van de 2015 Internationale Vrouwendag Fotowedstrijd

Deze winnaars zullen prijzen ontvangen van onze World Rowing partners, New Wave en Concept2, en zullen afzonderlijk gecontacteerd worden.

Internationale Vrouwendag is waargenomen sinds het begin van de jaren 1900. De dag viert de prestaties van vrouwen op vele gebieden waaronder economisch, sociaal, politiek en, uiteraard, sportief gebied. Dit jaar was het thema “Make it Happen” en een groot aantal initiatieven omarmden die geest van de dag.

World Rowing wil iedereen die foto’s ingestuurd heeft graag bedanken. De beelden waren zo krachtig dat we ze zullen delen op onze Facebook en Instagram pagina’s gedurende de komende maanden.

Elk jaar komen de leden van de World Rowing Federation, FISA, samen om over roeien te praten. Het heet de Joint Commissions Meeting (JCM) en de versie van 2015 is net afgelopen in Londen, Groot-Brittannië.

Hun 30-jarig bestaan vierend, de Joint Commissions Meeting begon in 1986 toen de nieuw benoemde voorzitter van de FISA Competitive Rowing Commission, Thor Nilsen ongeveer 20 commissieleden uit tien landen uitnodigde op een ‘gezamenlijke bijeenkomst’ in Piediluco, Italië. De bijeenkomst, onder de toenmalige FISA voorzitter Thomi Keller, bleek een groot succes en werd sindsdien jaarlijks gehouden.

FISA Executive Director, Matt Smith is reeds 20 jaar betrokken bij de organisatie van de JCM’s en woonde eerste bij in Piediluco toen hij werkte voor Nilsen. Smith sprak over de evolutie van de meeting; “De JCM is door de jaren heen gegroeid van een kleine bijeenkomst waar het belangrijkste onderwerp van discussie het WK was, tot de vorm van vandaag waar meer dan 36 nationaliteiten deelnemen en meer dan 120 bijeenkomsten waar een breed scala van onderwerpen de revue passeren van de Olympische Spelen tot de ontwikkeling van de roeisport in St.-Vincent en de Grenadines.”

Dit jaar woonden 129 mensen uit 36 landen de geplande 120 bijeenkomsten over drie dagen bij. Er was ook de mogelijkheid voor de individuen uit verschillende gebieden van het roeien om elkaar op informele wijze te ontmoeten tijdens de pauzes.

Alle gemeenschappen van de roeiwereld worden samengebracht op de JCM: de gespecialiseerde commissies, de Europese Rowing Management Board, externe toeleveringsbedrijven voor evenementen, marketing en milieu-vertegenwoordigers, organisatie comités van evenementen, FISA kantoorpersoneel, het FISA directiecomité en leden van de Raad van Bestuur van FISA.

Van alle vergaderingen, was de grootste discussie omtrent de herziening van de activiteiten van vorig jaar en de vooruitblik naar de komende en toekomstige jaren met als doel de toepassing van de nuttige ervaringen. Nieuwe initiatieven worden ontwikkeld en uitgevoerd daar de sport voortdurend evolueert en streeft om de omgeving te weerspiegelen waarin ze opereert. World Rowing wordt voortdurend geconfronteerd met uitdagingen in het immer veranderende sportieve landschap en de meeting helpt de betrokkenen om te kijken naar de aanpassing van benaderingen om de uitdagingen aan te gaan.

De JCM verzekert een open communicatie tussen alle stakeholders en een gecoördineerde aanpak tussen alle partijen.

De deelnemers becommentarieerden het non-stop karakter van de JCM. Om met de druk te kunnen omgaan, bracht Concept2 vier roeiergometers voor de afgevaardigden, om fit en kalm te blijven en, zoals Smith het omschrijft, “om alle opgekropte emoties te kanaliseren!”

De meeting reflecteert uiteindelijk de waarden van World Rowing van een team dat werkt naar een gemeenschappelijk doel met een inzet en focus om te werken voor het welzijn van de sport.

Zoals Smith concludeert; “De tot dusver ontvangen feedback van de bijeenkomst dit jaar is uiterst bemoedigend. De samenwerking en medewerking tussen de commissies is lovenswaardig. De positieve energie die gecreëerd werd gedurende drie dagen was bijna tastbaar. We moeten nu handelen op alle daaruit voortvloeiende aanbevelingen en de voorgestelde initiatieven. FISA zou graag alle deelnemers bedanken voor hun tijd en bijdrage in het groot succes van de JCM.”

FISA Conferentie van de Nationale federaties

Vertegenwoordigers van meer dan 50 nationale federaties (NF’s - België werd vertegenwoordigd door Gwenda Stevens, voorzitter van de Belgische Roeibond), samen met de Raad van Bestuur van FISA en hun commissieleden, organisatiecomités en FISA medewerkers verzamelden afgelopen zondag (8 maart) om de toekomst van de sport te bespreken na goedkeuring van de Agenda 2020 van het IOC. De Conferentie hield voordrachten in van FISA voorzitter Jean-Christophe Rolland en IOC Sport Directeur Kit McConnell.

Het proces begon eigenlijk al in 2013, met de uitgave van het rapport van het Olympisch programma, waarna FISA een grondige analyse uitvoerde van haar positie binnen de Olympische beweging. De resultaten inspireerden vele nieuwe FISA-programma’s en hielpen het nieuwe strategisch plan vormgeven. De Raad van Bestuur organiseerde de eerste NF Conferentie op zondag 31 augustus 2014 in Amsterdam waar de afgevaardigden van de NF’s verschillende kwesties bespraken.

Het ging verder begin december 2014 wanneer de Raad van Bestuur van FISA onmiddellijk reageerde op de uitgave van 40 aanbevelingen in de IOC Agenda 2020, door meteen het daaropvolgend weekend de impact van deze aanbevelingen op de roeisport te bespreken. “Het Strategisch Plan van FISA was in lijn met de meeste elementen van de Agenda 2020 en de Raad van Bestuur van FISA kon de aanbevelingen van het IOC gebruiken om hun plan te fine-tunen,” zegt Rolland. “De betrokkenheid van onze Nationale Federaties is essentieel voor het slagen van het hele proces.” De NF Conferentie was de eerste kans van FISA om de dialoog aan te gaan met deze belangrijke spelers na aanvaarding van de Agenda 2020 van het IOC.

Het doel van de Conferentie was de nationale federaties te informeren over de uitvoering van het Strategisch Plan van FISA, in lijn met de aanbevelingen in de Agenda 2020 van het IOC, en om een forum te creëren waarbij de voornaamste stakeholders hun rol kunnen bespreken in de aanpassing van de roeisport in het kader van de Agenda 2020. Het bood de ideale gelegenheid om te evalueren en de beste oplossingen te integreren.

De ochtendsessie werd gewijd aan het informeren van de Nationale Federaties en de commissieleden omtrent de roeisport en de Olympische Beweging. Rolland presenteerde de achtergrond van de Agenda 2020 en hoe de aanbevelingen een impact kunnen hebben op de roeisport. Executive Director Matt Smith beschreef daarna de 5 zuilen in het Strategisch Plan van FISA en hoe die zullen geëvalueerd worden in overeenstemming met Agenda 2020.

FISA was vereerd om de IOC Sport Directeur Kit McConnell te introduceren aan de afgevaardigden van de conferentie. De presentatie van McConnell liet zien hoe het IOC van plan is samen te werken met de Internationale Federaties om flexibele oplossingen te vinden die de aanbevelingen in de Olympische Agenda 2020 weerspiegelen. “Deze conferentie was een geweldige kans om direct kennis te maken met FISA en hun leden, de Nationale Federaties, om de uitvoering van de Olympische Agenda 2020 en verdere Olympische verwachtingen te bespreken. De energie en positiviteit van de Roeifamilie is duidelijk, en het leiderschap in de federatie is even duidelijk. We kijken uit naar de verderzetting van deze open dialoog”, aldus McConnell.

De break-out sessies in de namiddag lieten de NF’s toe om ideeën te bespreken over hoe iedere federatie universaliteit en gendergelijkheid zal aanpakken; 2 sleutelelementen in de Agenda 2020 en het Strategisch Plan van FISA. Deze aanpak onderstreept FISA’s doel om niet alleen oplossingen te vinden op internationaal niveau, maar om ook de nationale federaties op gelijke lijn te brengen in de bredere doelstellingen van het IOC en FISA.

“We hebben duidelijk begrepen van het IOC dat we het goede voorbeeld moeten geven. Het is belangrijk dat we de volledige roeigemeenschap betrekken in de discussies terwijl we veranderingen in de sport inspireren,” zegt Rolland. “Deze conferentie was een belangrijke stap in het proces.”



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