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Martin Cross calls for Olympic events ‘boldness’

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A strong appeal from Martin Cross – respected journalist and Olympian – for FISA to get more radical in its review of the Olympic events. As we wrote last week the LM4- is under threat.

Olympic Rowing Events review

Martin’s views are that we should be “radically changing” the nature of rowing at the Olympics with different kinds of events.  He calls on FISA to “be dramatic” and respond to the IOC demand to make the teams smaller by being creative.

He suggests the week long Olympic regatta could start with small boats in first part then double up into big boats in second part of the week.  Interestingly, he points out that the Youth Olympics do this already so it’s tried and tested.  Part of the advantage is that smaller countries would be able to make bigger boats as well as small boats [this seems to imply crews from several countries].

Radically, he suggests we adopt

  • a mixed men and womens event.
  • host an ergo competition
  • run a head race on a local river
  • run a points competition like Pentathlon

What do you think?
Cycling gives us the clue to the future

I personally look at Track Cycling where there are a mix of race formats for endurance and sprint – all in the indoor arena.  The introduction of events like Madison and Points Race and the Scratch race and the Keirin allow heaps of interest from different perspectives all giving great spectator experiences and tight finishes which the TV loves.

About Rebecca Caroe
Rebecca is the host of RowingChat podcast and is a masters athlete and coach. Passionate about helping others enjoy the sport as much as she does. View all posts from Rebecca Caroe

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