2021 World Rowing Championships Cancelled

The 2021 World Rowing Championships in Shanghai, China, have been cancelled.

13 July 2021

World Rowing announces that the 2021 World Rowing Championships, which were supposed to have been held in Shanghai in October, have been cancelled.

World Rowing writes on its website:

Following comprehensive discussions and considering all possible options, due to the pandemic and related mitigation measures, the Shanghai Organising Committee (OC) believes that it is not feasible to stage the 2021 World Rowing Championships and proposes to cancel the event. Taking into account all information received, the World Rowing Executive Committee has accepted this proposal and decided to cancel the event.

In a statement, USRowing writes about the cancellation of the World Rowing Championships:

We are disappointed that our athletes are losing this opportunity to compete on the world stage after what has already been a difficult 18 months. We want to thank everyone involved with World Rowing, the organizing committee and the Chinese Rowing Association for the work they put in to try to stage this event. 
USRowing was scheduled to select several boats for the world championships’ team this coming weekend as part of the 2021 USRowing Summer National Championships.
Racing in the open events, including those that had been designated as trials events, will go on as scheduled. The trials events will continue to follow the “Trials Progression” as published in Version 2 of the entry packet.
USRowing will provide additional information on the cancellation of the championships and the status of 2021 selection in the next few days.

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