Benedict Tufnell

World Rowing Championships to return to the Czech Republic after 29 years

by Benedict Tufnell

It was announced today that the World Rowing Championships will return to the Czech Republic in 2022 after a 29 year hiatus. It will be only the second time the nation, home to five time and reigning world champion Ondrej Synek, has hosted the event. The first Czech world champs was in 1993. 

Racice during the 2017 European Rowing Championships. ©FISA/Igor Meijer

The course itself – the Racice International Rowing and Canoeing Course – is a man made, eight lane regatta course built in 1986 and located in the small northern Bohemian village of Racice.  It was venue last year to the European rowing championships and this August will also host the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships.  It will host the Under 23 World Rowing Championships in 2021.

“We already know that the Czech Rowing Federation has the capability of putting on a world class event” – FISA President Jean-Christophe Rolland

World Rowing’s press release suggests there may have been a lack of forthcoming bids to host the event, stating: “The bid attribution was made directly by the FISA Council in accordance with FISA Rule 6 that states ‘Where no bid has been received or when no bid meets the minimum requirements for consideration of Congress, the Council may identify a suitable candidate and may directly attribute the event provided the Council is satisfied that the bid meets the minimum standards for the regatta.’” 

Opening Ceremony, 2017 European Rowing Championships, Racice. ©FISA/Igor Meijer

“Racice is a proven regatta venue that has made a number of significant infrastructure improvements over recent years,” says FISA President Jean-Christophe Rolland, a member of the International Olympic Committee.

“We already know that the Czech Rowing Federation has the capability of putting on a world class event and we are looking forward to working with the Organising Committee to make the event truly memorable.”

The next five World Rowing Championships will be as follows:

  • 2018 – Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 2019 – Ottensheim, Austria
  • 2020 – Bled, Slovenia
  • 2021 – Shanghai, China
  • 2022 – Racice, Czech Republic

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