Brest is situated in the southwest of Belarus at the confluence of the Bug and Mukhavyets rivers, 350km from the capital Minsk. It has a population of 300,000 inhabitants. The city was founded by the Slavs. During World War I the city was captured by the German army in 1915. In 1918 the city was declared part of the Belarusian Democratic Republic. However, in 1919 the newly reconstituted Poland too control of Brest. From 1941-1944, during World War II, Germany occupied Brest. From 1944 to 1991 the city was part of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) and is now in Belarus.
Rowing in Belarus
The regional Centre for Training in Rowing opened in Brest on the 25 May 2007. Brest rowing canal is located in the centre of Brest. Sand was extracted from the canal in the 1970s. In 2004-2007 a reconstruction of the canal’s bed was completed and services for the athletes were created. The Centre allows sportsmen and women to train all year-round.
About the venue
“Brest Regional Rowing Center of Olympic reserve”: The Brest regatta course is one of the training grounds of the two-time Olympic Champion and six-time World Champion single sculler Ekaterina Karsten-Khodotovitch. Karsten was Belarus’ first athlete to win an Olympic medal, making her a national hero. The first competition was organized in 1994. In 1997 the course was reconstructed. It hosted the European World Championships in 2009. The length of the course is 2250m and 150m wide.