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The Beach Beckons

BY ED WINCHESTER
PHOTO BY PETER SPURRIER

In December, the IOC announced that the rowing events for the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Senegal will exclusively feature coastal rowing. The sweeping overhaul, which sees solos, doubles, and a mixed double replacing singles and pairs, is the latest evolution in a fast-changing international rowing landscape and a possible sign of things to come at the senior level. “Coastal rowing is critical to our strategy to expand the sport to new and diverse countries,” said FISA President Jean-Christophe Rolland, who heralded the move as “fantastic news.” The Youth Olympic Games are open to athletes born in 2004 and 2005.

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