East European trio competing for 2023 World Rowing Championships
Three bids, all from East European countries, have been received to host the World Rowing Championships in 2023.
Belgrade in Serbia, Poznan in Poland and Trakai in Lithuania are all in the running to stage governing body FISA's blue-riband regatta in that year, and other smaller events between 2021 and 2024.
Meanwhile, Australia has put forward either Sydney or Perth as the host of the 2025 World Rowing Championships, and the preceding year’s World Rowing Senior, Under-23 and Junior Championships.
As yet, no bids have been received for the subsequent World Rowing Championships in 2026.
FISA also oversees the European Rowing Championships, and bids have been tabled by Varese in Italy for the 2021 event, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Bled in Slovenia, Gravelines in France, Kazan in Russia and Varese for the 2023 event and Gravelines for the 2024 event.
Bled and Varese also expressed interest in the 2022 championships but they are set to form part of the multi-sport European Championships of that year, which have yet to be allocated.
In all, FISA is seeking bidders for 36 events between 2021 and 2026 as part of its Strategic Event Attribution Process launched at the end of 2017.
The process was intended to provide a more strategic and long-term approach to attributing FISA events, with interested parties able to indicate which regattas between 2021 and 2028 they believe would support their events strategy.
The events on offer include World Rowing Championships, World Rowing Under-23 Championships, World Rowing Junior Championships, the World Rowing Senior, Under-23 and Junior Championships (2024 only), World Rowing Cups, World Rowing Masters Regattas, European Rowing Championships, European Rowing Under-23 Championships and European Rowing Junior Championships.
However, the 2023 World Rowing Junior Championships will be held in Paris in France as a test event for the following year’s Olympic Games.
The full list of bidders for the World Rowing events is available here.
The bidders have until 30 June to finalise details and present final bids including financial guarantees, after which FISA will conduct a complete review of the documentation to ensure that all standards have been met.
World Championship events will be awarded on 2 September at the FISA Congress in Linz in Austria. World Rowing Cup events and World Rowing Masters Regattas will be announced at the same Congress, while European Championships events will be allocated at the European Rowing Extraordinary General Assembly later this year.
This year’s World Rowing Championships will be held in Ottenseim in Austria from 25 August to 1 September, with Bled (2020) Shanghai in China (2021) and Racice in the Czech Republic (2022) to stage the subsequent editions.