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Women’s Coxless Four added to Olympic 2020 programme

by Row360

The women’s coxless four class has been added to the rowing programme for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as part of the IOC’s move towards gender equality.

The IOC’s move, part of a wider drive to reduce the overall number of athletes at the Games, consequently sees the removal of the lightweight men’s four from the Olympic rowing programme. This change will make for an equal number of women and men – 263 athletes of each gender – competing in rowing at the Olympics. Rowing’s quota is thus reduced from the 550 athletes present at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

There will be just two lightweight classes at Tokyo – the men’s and women’s lightweight double sculls.

It also means there will be just two lightweight classes at Tokyo – the men’s and women’s lightweight double sculls.

The comprehensive review of all sport quotas saw seven sports’ quotas being reduced for 2020.

FISA proposed the changes at an extraordinary congress in Tokyo in February and it was accepted by the executive board of the International Olympic Committee late last week.

FISA President Jean-Christophe Rolland commented, “This is the result of a long, transparent process of consultation with all our stakeholders in open meetings with multiple proposals and, in parallel, understanding the key issues for the IOC in constructive discussions. We are proud that rowing’s Olympic programme is now gender equal in events and athlete numbers.”

In addition to increasing gender equity to 48.8 per cent, including the introduction of several mixed gender events, and bringing the total number of athletes closer to the goal of 10,500, the IOC Executive Board has also confirmed the introduction of ‘three-on-three’ basketball, offering this as an ‘urban’ sport innovation which should make the Games more attractive to youth.

The full 2020 Tokyo Olympic rowing programme will consist of: Men – single scull, double sculls, coxless pair, coxless four, quad, eight, lightweight double sculls; Women – single scull, double sculls, coxless pair, coxless four, quad, eight, lightweight double sculls.

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