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World Rowing Championships given green light following Hurricane Irma

The World Rowing Championships will go ahead as planned in the US state of Florida later this month after organisers said Hurricane Irma caused limited damage in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, where the event is due to be staged.

The local organising committee for the event said Irma did not directly impact the cities of Sarasota and Bradenton as badly as predicted in recent days. As a result, county officials have given the committee the all-clear to continue operations at the Nathan Benderson Park venue in Sarasota.

The committee said that planning and forecasting for potential storm delays have resulted in the venue buildout being on schedule ahead of the event, which will run from September 24 to October 1.

The committee’s statement also thanked the Sarasota County Emergency Management Department and local and state officials for their efforts in keeping the local community safe during the hurricane, which caused devastation in parts of the Caribbean and Florida.

Last year’s World Rowing Championships took place in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The 2018 and 2019 events will be held in Plovdiv in Bulgaria and Linz-Ottensheim in Austria, respectively.