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28 Mar 2018

FISA turns to statutes to give Racice 2022 World Championships

Racice in the Czech Republic will host the World Rowing Championships in 2022, FISA, the sport's world governing body, announced today. 

The championships were awarded after no suitable bid was received, prompting the ruling FISA Council to take action.

The federation said in a statement: "The bid attribution was made directly by the FISA Council in accordance with FISA Rule 6 that states 'Where no bid has been received or when no bid meets the minimum requirements for consideration of Congress, the Council may identify a suitable candidate and may directly attribute the event provided the Council is satisfied that the bid meets the minimum standards for the regatta.'"  

Racice, in northern Bohemia, is the main rowing and flatwater canoeing venue in the Czech Republic, and is already slated to host the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in 2021, which will now act as a test event for the showpiece championships a year later.

Racice last staged the World Rowing Championships in 1993. It held the European Championships last year and the World Rowing Junior Championships in 2010.

Jean-Christophe Rolland, president of FISA, said: "Racice is a proven regatta venue that has made a number of significant infrastructure improvements over recent years. We already know that the Czech Rowing Federation has the capability of putting on a world class event and we are looking forward to working with the organising committee to make the event truly memorable."

This year's World Rowing Championships will be held in Plovdiv in Bulgaria in September, with Ottensheim (Austria), Bled (Slovenia) and Shanghai (China) set to play host in 2019, 2020 and 2021, respectively.