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FISA assigns World Rowing Championships to Czech venue

The World Rowing Federation (FISA) has taken the decision to attribute its 2022 World Championships to Racice in the Czech Republic after initial bids for the event failed to meet its guidelines.

FISA directly approached the Czech Rowing Association over the hosting of the event. The competition will be held at the Racice International Rowing and Canoeing Course.

The bid attribution was made directly by the FISA Council in accordance with Rule 6 of the body’s laws, which states: “Where no bid has been received or when no bid meets the minimum requirements for consideration of Congress, the Council may identify a suitable candidate and may directly attribute the event provided the Council is satisfied that the bid meets the minimum standards for the regatta.”

It will mark the second time that the Czech Republic has hosted the event following a 29-year gap. The Racice venue has since hosted the 2017 European Rowing Championships. Racice will host the 2021 World Rowing Under 23 Championships as a test event for the 2022 World Championships.

“Racice is a proven regatta venue that has made a number of significant infrastructure improvements over recent years,” FISA president Jean-Christophe Rolland said. “We already know that the Czech Rowing Federation has the capability of putting on a world-class event and we are looking forward to working with the organising committee to make the event truly memorable.”

The Bulgarian city of Plovdiv is set to host this year’s Championships from September 9-16, before it travels to Ottensheim (Austria) in 2019, Bled (Slovenia) in 2020 and Shanghai (China) in 2021.