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The IOC has a problem with rowing at the Olympics

Martin Cross summarises the issues facing rowing as it proposes its own cuts for the Olympic Regatta Programme. … read more

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Martin Cross summarises the issues facing rowing as it proposes its own cuts for the Olympic Regatta Programme. Sports are judged on a range of criteria:

  • Gender equality – Canoeing, Wrestling and Boxing are less good than rowing’s mix of 64% male : 36% female.
  • Universality – we aren’t good here either 21st out of 26 sports means we need more nations competing.
  • Number of hits on Federations websites
  • TV viewers
  • Articles in press
  • Spectators

What has World Rowing done?

Martin Cross reports dramatic proposals – one fewer mens eights. Also cut the M4x and reduced by 3 crews from 13 to 10.
These will mean tough qualifications at the “Regatta of Death” in Lucerne in 2015.

Womens events gain – more womens pairs 10 – 15; Womens 2x 10-13 entries. LW2x up 17 to 20.

For the regional qualification regattas (South America, Africas etc) top rowing countries are limited as to how many crews they can qualify (which is an extension of the existing rules whereby South Africa can’t qualify using the regional regatta and has to go to the Worlds or Lucerne leaving the local regatta for less highly ranked nations).

They’ve pulled in more semi-finals for the Olympic Regatta so there will be more races.

Martin’s view is that Rowing needs to allow athlete doubling up because he thinks the headcount will be challenged.

World Rowing has the full proposal.

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

3 thoughts on “The IOC has a problem with rowing at the Olympics

  1. I think head races are less interesting for tv. Having scullers also compete in 250 and 500 dashes along with 4 person single scull relays of 500-1,000 m. Sweep rowers could do the same in smaller boats. Take some tips from swimming and what Oracle is doing with America’s Cup as it relates to tv interest. Bottom line is that tv interest is the true key for IOC, participation and revenue. Everything else is symptomatic.

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