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Rolland and Batten re-elected at World Rowing

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Rolland re-elected President as World Rowing. Again proposel for Coastal Rowing

The Insidethegames report this morning that Rolland was re-elected as World Rowing Presiden. Read here the full article
World Rowing President Jean-Christophe Rolland was re-elected at the organisation’s virtual Congress today, where the official confirmed the governing body’s approval of Long Beach as the venue for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games competition.

Rolland was the sole candidate for the World Rowing Presidency, with the French official now set to serve a third term in office having led the organisation since 2014. A total of 105 votes were cast in the Presidential vote, with no abstentions or votes against Rolland.

Rolland and Batten re-elected

  • Vice-president Tricia Smith and treasurer Gerritjan Eggenkamp, respectively from Canada and The Netherlands, were also elected unopposed.
  • The Congress confirmed the election of Guin Batten as Coastal Rowing Commission chair, Jacomine Ravensbergen as head of the Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commission, and Serbia’s Filip Ljubicic to the Indoor Rowing Commission chair.
  • Rosie Mayglothling from Britain, Hungarian Eva Szanto and Patrick Rombaut of Belgium were re-elected as the three Council members on the Executive Committee.
  • A tribute was also paid to outgoing World Rowing executive director Matt Smith by the organisation’s Honorary President Denis Oswald.
  • Smith is stepping down after 26 years in the role, with Switzerland’s Vincent Gaillard due to succeed him in January.
  • Gaillard also addressed the virtual Congress.

During the Congress, Rolland revealed World Rowing’s Executive Committee had approved in principle a decision to move the proposed venue for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Los Angeles 2028 had originally proposed the Lake Perris State Recreation Area in Riverside County to host competition.
A proposed move to the Long Beach Marine Stadium, site of rowing at the 1932 Olympics, was mooted in 2019.

Long Beach has been provisionally approved by World Rowing for their Los Angeles 2028 venue ©Getty Images
Long Beach has been provisionally approved by World Rowing for their Los Angeles 2028 venue ©Getty Images

World Rowing said last year that studies would continue over a move, amid challenges with the Long Beach. Long Beach would require a short course of 1,500 metres instead of the usual 2,000m, while the governing body evaluated whether the site could be impacted by tides due to its connection to the ocean.
Rolland said outcomes of the latest study had been “very positive”, leading to the World Rowing Council approving the venue. The World Rowing President said Los Angeles 2028 were now working with the Long Beach City Council, with formal approval still required. World Rowing has proposed to have coastal rowing added to the programme for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, with three events suggested to replace two lightweight rowing categories.


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