Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Cancellation of 2020 World Rowing Events in Italy

10 March 2020

Here is a press release from FISA, World Rowing, from earlier today about cancellations of events in Italy.

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), the quickly growing number of cases now reported worldwide, government actions to contain the virus and increasing restrictions on global travel, the FISA Executive Committee, the Italian Rowing Federation, the cities of Sabaudia, Varese and Gavirate, and the respective Organising Committees (OCs) have been carefully evaluating the impact of this situation on all stakeholders for the upcoming World Rowing events due to take place in Italy.

The health and safety of the athletes and all other participants as well as the general public are the priorities of all parties involved in the organisation of these events. FISA, the Italian Rowing Federation, the three cities and the OCs have been in regular contact since the outbreak began. In all conference calls, the latest information and recommendations from the World Health Organisation, the Italian health authorities and the decisions of government and health authorities of the participating nations have been reviewed and discussed in detail.

We have all realised the multitude of issues that would prevent teams from travelling to Italy, including the travel restrictions being imposed by an increasing number of national authorities, mandatory and voluntary quarantine periods, and lack of medical coverage for coronavirus in some countries. These factors, amongst others, would have likely limited the participation of Member Federations in the events scheduled in Italy in April and May 2020. We understood that prompt and decisive action was sought and needed in order to minimise the negative financial impacts on all stakeholders given a pragmatic analysis of the situation.

The FISA Executive Committee, the Italian Rowing Federation, the cities of Sabaudia, Varese and Gavirate, and the respective Organising Committees have taken the following decisions:

World Rowing Cups I and II:

World Rowing Cup I (10 to 12 April 2020) in Sabaudia

The FISA Executive Committee, the Italian Rowing Federation and the OC, with the agreement of the City of Sabaudia, have decided to cancel the World Rowing Cup I scheduled for 10-12 April 2020.

The FISA Development Programme training camp that was scheduled to take place in Sabaudia (5 to 15 April 2020), and continue in Piediluco (15 to 19 April 2020) and Varese (19 to 26 April 2020) has also been cancelled.

Teams with accommodation/logistics queries should email the OC directly at accommodation@sabaudiarowing.com.

World Rowing Cup II (1 to 3 May 2020) in Varese

The FISA Executive Committee, the Italian Rowing Federation, the City of Varese and the Varese OC have decided to cancel World Rowing Cup II (1 to 3 May 2020) in Varese.

Teams with accommodation/logistics queries should email the OC directly at rowing@vareseturismo.it .

Both 2020 World Rowing Cups I and II are cancelled and will not be postponed or relocated.

Olympic and Paralympic Qualification regattas

European Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta (27 to 29 April 2020) in Varese

The FISA Executive Committee, the Italian Rowing Federation, the City of Varese, and the Varese OC have decided to cancel the European Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta (27 to 29 April 2020) in Varese.

Teams with accommodation/logistics queries should email the OC directly at rowing@vareseturismo.it

The FISA Development Programme training camp that was scheduled to take place in Varese (19 to 26 April 2020) has also been cancelled.

Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta (8 to 10 May 2020) in Gavirate

The FISA Executive Committee, the Italian Rowing Federation, the City of Gavirate and the Gavirate Rowing Club have decided to cancel the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta in Gavirate. This includes the events of the Asia and Oceania Continental Paralympic Qualification Regatta.

The FISA Para-Rowing training camp that was scheduled to take place in Gavirate from 3-7 May 2020 and the Advanced Classification Workshop that was scheduled to take place on 4-5 May 2020 have also been cancelled.

The Gavirate International Para Rowing regatta (not including Paralympic qualification) has been postponed until 29-31 May 2020.

Teams with accommodation/logistics queries should email the OC directly at regatta@canottierigavirate.com

Changes in Qualification Opportunities, Other World Rowing Events and Olympic Solidarity Training Camps

The options for relocating these qualification opportunities for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are being discussed with other OCs as well as the IOC and the IPC.

The options for the FISA Development Programme / Olympic Solidarity Training Camps will be announced following the decision on relocation of qualification opportunities.

FISA is in close contact with the OCs in Lucerne, Belgrade and Poznan to understand the positions and actions of their government authorities as it relates to upcoming World Rowing and European Rowing events.

Updated information on the above will be announced by Tuesday 17 March 2020.

Any queries on Olympic or Paralympic qualification should be sent to cameron.allen@fisa.org.

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