World Rowing Cancels All 2020 Events

From Rowing Canada:

World Rowing (FISA) announced today their decision to cancel all remaining 2020 World Rowing events due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The events include the World Rowing Senior, Under 23, and Junior Championships, the World Rowing Masters Regatta, the World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals and Coastal Championships, and World Rowing Tours.

Ed. Note: These cancellations include the 2020 CanAmMex regatta that was scheduled for London at Fanshawe Lake this summer.

These cancellations follow the previous cancellation announcement of three 2020 World Rowing Cup regattas and the Olympic and Paralympic qualification events. Rowing Canada Aviron fully supports these difficult decisions issued by the FISA Executive Committee.

Based on FISA’s recent decisions, RCA is cancelling all 2020 NextGen selection events. Additionally, a joint decision has been made between Canada, the USA and Mexico to postpone the 2020 CanAmMex event to 2021, with Canada maintaining its hosting privileges.

The RCA’s High Performance leadership team is working to best support athlete development through the nuances of the 2020 season to ensure proper preparation is achieved for the 2021 competitive rowing season.

RCA is aware of the many disruptions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and continues to strongly encourage our communities to stay at home and abide by the recommendations issued by government authorities. We continue to work closely with RCA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mike Wilkinson to support our athletes and support staff during this challenging time.

We encourage you to reference our COVID-19 resource page for updates.

Row Ontario Cancels July Championship Regattas 

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the closure of recreation facilities and public events across the province, Row Ontario announced on Wednesday the decision to postpone both the Row Ontario Masters Championship and Row Ontario Championship regattas.

Photo: Merijn Soeters/Rowing Canada.

The Row Ontario Masters Championships were scheduled to take place in Welland, Ont. on July 12 while the Row Ontario Championships were set for July 25-26 in London, Ont.

“The decision to postpone our July championship regattas comes after a thorough review of the current situation, the projections for the months ahead, and the impact the Ontario rowing community would have to make in preparation these regattas,” said Row Ontario Executive Director Andrew Backer on the decision to postpone these events. “We did not come to this decision lightly. We believe that it is in the best interest of our athletes, coaches, umpires, volunteers and our member clubs to postpone these regattas and we hope this decision will provide some clarity for the Summer months and enable our Member Clubs to focus on their long-term planning for the 2020 calendar year.”

Row Ontario hopes to reschedule the regattas later in the year, but the potential rescheduling of each event will be dependent on how the COVID-19 crisis progresses throughout the Spring and Summer months. Both the Masters Championship and the Row Ontario Championship are marquee events on the Ontario provincial calendar and any decisions on a rescheduled event will be done in consultation with key stakeholders throughout the rowing community.

For the latest on the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the Ontario rowing community, please visit the Row Ontario website.

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