The 12th World University Rowing Championship will be held from September 7th to 9th, 2012 at the Rowing Centre in Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Since the rowing event will take place right after the London 2012 Olympics, it is set to attract the planet’s top student-rowers.

The FISU single sport event will serve as a test event for Kazan, host city of the 27th Summer Universiade in 2013. Rowing is included in the Kazan Universiade programme as an optional sport. The competitions will take place in the Rowing Centre, one of the most up-to-date rowing venues in Europe which was erected specially for the Universiade and was commissioned this year. Located on Middle Kaban Lake, the centre spans a total area of 174,300 square metres (with the exception of the lake surface area). The stands boast the seating capacity of 3,000 spectators: stationary stands may accommodate 1,200 people, but the design of the Rowing Centre envisages increase in the seating capacity by 1,800 people.

The expected quantity of participants is about 400 athletes in seven men’s and 5 women’s events.

The event can be followed via the OC website at http://kazan2013.ru/en/test_competition_rowing and the FISU website at www.fisu.net.
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FISU stands for Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International University Sports Federation), founded in 1949. FISU’s main responsibility is the supervision of both Summer and Winter Universiades as well as the World University Championships. The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city and which is second in importance only to the Olympic Games.

The Summer Universiade consists of 13 compulsory sports (Athletics – Basketball – Fencing – Football – Artistic & Rhythmic Gymnastics – Swimming – Diving – Water Polo – Tennis – Table Tennis – Judo – Volleyball) and up to three optional sports chosen by the host country. The record figures are 9,006 participants in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2007 and 174 countries in Daegu, Korea in 2003.

The Winter Universiade consists of 7 compulsory sports (Alpine Skiing – Nordic Skiing composed of Ski Jump, Cross Country & Combined – Biathlon – Ice Hockey – Short-Track Speed Skating – Figure Skating – Curling) and one or two optional sports also chosen by the host country. The Winter Universiade gathered a record 2,511 participants in Torino in 2007 and a record number of 52 countries in Erzurum, Turkey.

The World University Championships are organized every even year in sports which do not figure on the compulsory Universiade program. In 2008, a record of 29 different WUC were staged all over the world.

For more info or pictures, do not hesitate to contact FISU Media department at media@fisu.net or surf to www.fisu.net.