World Rowing Championships, Amsterdam opening ceremony

These are some photos I took today at the course (not very happy weather photos) and at the opening ceremony, which was held in the Museum Square in front of the Rijksmuseum in central Amsterdam.

Highlight of the opening ceremony: the president of the organising committee rolled up his trousers and waded into the middle of the fountain to deliver his speech. The mayor followed suit, as did the FISA president. It has to be a first as far as opening ceremony speeches go… 🙂

Rainy practice at the Bosbaan
Rainy practice at the Bosbaan
Athletes train for the rowing World Champs
Athletes train for the rowing World Champs
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum
flags and fountain at Rijksmuseum
flags and fountain at Rijksmuseum
Get the best view
Get the best view
Amsterdam sign from behind
Amsterdam sign from behind
Rowing nations' flags Amsterdam
Rowing nations’ flags Amsterdam
spectators at World Rowing opening ceremony
spectators at World Rowing opening ceremony

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