Final Paralympians Decided - 22 Countries Will Fly to Beijing Next September for First Paralympic Rowing Events
The bipartite allocation is based on IPC criteria of gender equality and disability equality. As Adaptive Rowing is gender equal and allows for all disabilities, in agreement with the IPC, FISA has added universality and a maximum spread of participation as criteria and made its decision based on this morning's race results. In total, 22 countries will participate in the first-ever Paralympic Rowing Regatta in September with a breakdown of participating nations: 4 Asian, 1 African, 3 from the
These newly qualified athletes join the 64 rowers already qualified after the 2007 World Rowing Championships on this same course in
Following the morning qualifications, a FISA press conference was held to explain the Paralympic qualification system.
In addition, Matt Smith, FISA Executive Director gave a short update on the current status of Olympic qualification. Already 98 nations have participated in the Olympic qualification process. This includes
Olympic tripartite allocation has already been decided, and places have been given to the Men's single scull from
Among other issues discussed were a new official sponsorship deal between FISA and Siemens. Siemens is already a partner of British rowing, and have joined FISA to support this year's Rowing World Cup series.
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The first stage of Rowing World Cup on the Olympic Regatta Course in
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