Rolland re-elected as FISA president, World Championships assigned

Jean-Christophe Rolland has been re-elected as president of the World Rowing Federation (FISA), while it has been announced that Bled and Shanghai will host the sport’s World Championships in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Frenchman Rolland (left of picture) was unanimously re-elected for a new four-year term at FISA’s Ordinary Congress, which was held yesterday (Monday) following the conclusion of the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida on Sunday.

Frenchman Rolland had stood unopposed for the role having been elected to the post in September 2013, defeating John Boultbee (Australia) and Tricia Smith (Canada).

Rolland officially assumed the presidency in July 2014, when Denis Oswald – president since 1989 – stepped down from the position. Smith, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, was elected vice-president, a position to which she was also re-elected yesterday.

Meanwhile, in hosting news, the 2020 World Rowing Senior, Under 23 and Junior Championships have been awarded to the Slovenian town of Bled. FISA had received bids from three organising committees – Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Poznan (Poland) and Bled. Plovdiv withdrew its bid, with Bled going on to secure 94 votes to Poznan’s 57. With 2020 being a summer Olympic Games year, the Championships will be contested across non-Olympic disciplines.

As the only bidder Shanghai was attributed the 2021 World Championships with a unanimous vote, becoming the first Chinese city to host the event. Elsewhere, the 2019 World Junior Championships were assigned to Tokyo, Japan; the 2019 World Rowing Coastal Championships to Hong Kong and the 2020 World Rowing Masters Regatta to Linz-Ottensheim, Austria.

In other news, the Congress voted to approve full gender equality across all future World Championship events, while Cambodia and Guinea were welcomed as new national members. This brings the total number of member national rowing federations to 153.