BY LUKE REYNOLDS
PHOTO BY PETER SPURRIER
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The FISA Executive Committee along with the Italian Rowing Federation and the cities of Sabaudia, Varese, and Gavirate canceled World Rowing Cups I and II, the European Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta April 27-29 in Varese, and the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta May 8-10 in Gavirate, Italy according to a press release published March 10.
USRowing followed with a statement regarding the cancellations and how they would affect their selection process.
“These cancelations affect USRowing selection processes in a couple of ways,” Brett Johnson, senior director of programs and communications, said in an emailed statement. “On the Paralympic side, the Gavirate Regatta was to serve as an opportunity for athletes to classify and compete in an international event… On the Olympic side, USRowing Selection Procedures allowed for the winning W2- from the NSR to compete at World Rowing Cup II and III, with an opportunity to earn nomination to the Olympic team through placement at either world cup. With the cancelation of World Rowing Cup II, USRowing will look at the current procedure and determine what adjustments need to be made for the selection process. An update on this should be made by March 13.”
FISA is working with the International Olympic Committee along with national Olympic Committees to determine the proper course for relocating and rescheduling qualification opportunities for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
FISA will provide updated information by March 17.