World Rowing Championships 2015

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FISA, the International Federation for Rowiing, has announced its venue selection for the 2015 World Rowing Championships.

The three bidders for the right to host the 2015 World Rowing Championships; Lake Aiguebelette, France, Loch Strathclyde, Great Britain and Lake Varese, Italy presented their bids to the FISA Council on Saturday 18 June in Hamburg, Germany.

The 2015 bid process started last October with a seminar for all participants in Lausanne, Switzerland. The bidders then hosted the FISA bid inspection team for detailed inspection visits in March and April and submitted their complete bids in printed form to FISA on 31 May.

FISA stated that all three bids were of very high quality which made the decision difficult, but, after a very detailed evaluation, the Council has selected Lake Aiguebelette, France as its selection to present to the Congress. Lake Aiguebelette is a natural lake located in the Savoie region of France, near Aix-les-Bains and Chambéry. It previously hosted the 1990 World Rowing Junior Championships and the 1997 World Rowing Championships.

Di Ellis CBE, Chairman of British Rowing, commented, “Naturally we are disappointed not to receive the recommendation of the FISA Council but this is the first stage of the process. British Rowing has an excellent bid which we will continue to profile. It is our belief that Strathclyde, Scotland would host an incredible 2015 World Rowing Championships and we will continue to promote this to the other National Federations who will have the final vote on 5 September 2011”.

According to Rule 5 of the FISA Rules of Racing, the Council shall select the most suitable candidate and propose it to the Congress for final approval. The Congress takes place on 5 September 2011 in Bled, Slovenia. The 2015 World Rowing Championships are scheduled to take place from 30 August to 6 September 2015 and serve as the main qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games regatta.

The Council also selected Lake Varese, Italy to present to the Congress for approval as the host of the 2014 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

The reasoning for the Council’s decision will be published in advance of the Congress.

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