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Coastal Rowing in Los Angeles 2028?

There is increasing evidence that Coastal Rowing will become a discipline at the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028. It would replace lightweight rowing in Olympic competitions. World Rowing President Jean-Christophe Rolland seems to be optimistic that Coastal Rowing will be an Olympic discipline in Los Angeles in 2028!

Coastal rowing does not cause extra costs

The IOC has been gradually replacing the lightweight competitions since 2017, while also trying to follow the principles of gender equality and economic efficiency. Coastal rowing can do justice to both, especially by sharing the sailing venues, there are hardly any additional costs.

After a recent board meeting recently, the IOC announced at a press conference that World Rowing’s proposal to make Coastal Rowing an Olympic discipline has a solid foundation and should be considered at future games!

Business as usual in Paris 2024

Lightweight rowing was planned to end with the Tokyo olympics but due to the pandemic-related, changed cost structure, it was not yet possible to integrate Coastal Rowing into the Paris Games (the Paris budget was cut by around 350 million euros, (US$ 406 million, £ 302 million).

For Los Angeles, however, it looks positive for the time being. Los Angeles’s location right on the Pacific Ocean makes Coastal Rowing a simple alternative.

We will of course keep you up to date on further developments!

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