Last Road to Tokyo

Photo: World Rowing website.

Important update below from World Rowing!

15 May 2021

Today, the last chance to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games starts in Lucerne, Switzerland. The World Rowing Final Olympic Qualification Regatta will be held on Rotsee between 15 and 17 May. More than 400 athletes from 49 countries will race in the 14 Olympic boat classes.

The LIVE draw took place yesterday, and the first race will start today at 10:00 CET.

Here is how to follow the event on mobile, tablet or desktop. The provisional time table for the event can be found here. Entries for all the races are available here.

Live audio commentary will be available for all races on Live tracker will be available for all races as well.

Live VIDEO streaming will be available only for the A-Finals on Monday, 17 May,on

Broadcast will also be available on The Olympic Channel (outside of Europe).

On Facebook,  Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube you can follow the races where you will also find behind the scenes interviews, live updates, photos and more.

World Rowing published an article about rowers to watch at the regatta. Read the article here.

The other day the World Rowing Executive Committee reported that a member of the Swiss Women’s Quadruple Sculls had tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday 11 May. The test was conducted before the crew arrived at Lucerne. The other members of the crew, including the reserve athlete, all tested negative. They were identified by the Lucerne Cantonal Doctor as close contacts and have also been placed in isolation. The crew have been required to withdraw from the regatta.

UPDATE 15 May:

Due to the latest forecast of possibly unrowable and unfair conditions for Monday 17 May, the World Rowing Executive Committee has changed the racing schedule.

Finals planned for Monday 17 May will be moved to Sunday morning 16 May. Semi-finals will provisionally start at 09:00hrs and finals at 10:10 hrs. A revised schedule will be issued shortly. A further review of the weather forecast will take place and the schedule will be finalised at 17:00 hrs today Saturday 15 May. If the forecast looks to be worse, the option of starting racing at 08:30hrs would be considered by the Executive Committee.

On Monday 17 May, the venue will be open from 07:00hrs till 13:00hrs for training. The forecast and conditions will be reviewed, and it will be confirmed if the course would be available for crews to train on the water. The boat racks and tents should be cleared by 17:00hrs for the teams who are leaving, and the venue would close at 18:00hrs.

Teams should consider the impacts of this on their logistical arrangements and contact the Organising Committee Regatta Office (either by phone or in person), to make change requests for any pre-booked lunches or COVID PCR testing.

The venue will remain closed on Tuesday 18 May 2021, until 16:00hrs when it will be open for World Rowing Cup crews to unload boats. 

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