A guest post by Craig Allely
The current proposal by FISA to change the Olympic Rowing Events to fit in with the grand plan by the International Olympic Committee is another schizophrenic attempt by FISA to comply with the unreasonable dictates of the parent organization.
The current proposal will disadvantage the current advantaged and vice versa ie, the removal of mens 4- and lightweight mens 4-makes no sense as rowing is largely a crew sport.So one of the larger groups of competitors will be shut out of rowing because a bunch of bureaucrats at Olympic Head Office don’t give a damm about rowing.
The current World Championships is a reasonably balanced program giving competitors opportunities to compete in sculling and rowing events either lightweight or heavy weight male or female no cross gender events yet.
Rowing manages its own affairs pretty well with good program for old ,young and physically disadvantaged ,we have good rowing courses generally, but when we get to the Olympics rowing is carried out of a windswept sewer, hardly good for competitors.
It seems the sport especially at top level ,World Championships and Olympic events the sport is at the pleasure of the IOC ,any one who knows anything about rowing will know what happens to events once they are dropped from the Olympics.
It’s a pity this charade is assisted by Martin Cross (lets be bold with rowing)and Jean Christophe Rolland and Matt Smith all ex Internationals all paid servants of FISA. And SKY TV and with the two FISA employees obviously interested in career opportunities with the Olympic Organisation and will accordingly act.
You would think with the experience they have with rowing they would have a bit more loyalty to the sport.
If Rowing cannot run its own show it should get out of the Olympics.