European Rowing General Assembly votes on rule changes, discusses future events

"VAN" (Sports Desk - 31.05.2023) :: Twenty-eight member federations were present at the European Rowing General Assembly held at the Rikli Balance Hotel in Bled, Slovenia during the 2023 European Rowing Championships.

The position of Eva Szanto (HUN) as a European Rowing Board MF Representative was the only election contested at this General Assembly. Standing alone for her reelection, Eva was unanimously reelected to the Board for four more years. The terms of office for the other MF elected positions on the ERB include Asuncion Loriente (2024), Annamarie Phelps (2025) and Neville Tanzer (2026). The positions of the World Rowing representatives on the European Rowing Board are currently held by Patrick Rombaut, BEL, Algirdas Raslanas, LTU and Dušan Machacek, CZE, and their current mandates end in 2025.

The General Assembly considered a proposal regarding the European Championships event programme. The Board proposed a "proactive approach" to support a more flexible and innovative programme. Each of the European Rowing ‘classic rowing’ Championships will retain a core programme, with additional events being reviewed confirmed or updated every two years.

There was also a well-supported decision for a rule change regarding the age groups and categories of competition for the European Rowing Indoor Championships programme, to allow the ERICH to have more medal opportunities for the masters mainly.

Delegates were updated on the preparations for future European Rowing events including the 2023 European Rowing Under 23 Championships in Krefeld, Germany, in August, the second edition of the European Rowing Coastal and Beach Sprints Championships taking place in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France, in September, but also next year’s events – the European Rowing Championships in Szeged, Hungary and the European Rowing Under 23 Championships in Edirne, Turkiye.

A call was also made to the federations for future events that are still open for bidding : 2024 European Rowing Under 19 Championships, 2024 and 2025 European Rowing Indoor Championships and 2024 European Rowing Coastal and Beach Sprint Championships.

The delegates were also provided with an update from World Rowing President Jean-Christophe Rolland, about the future of the sport and the possible inclusion of Beach Sprint Rowing into the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games. A decision from the IOC is expected in June.

Delegates from the European Rowing Member Federations will meet again at the next World Rowing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.


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