Following a review of the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic in Poznan and Poland, and discussions with all key stakeholders, the City of Poznan and the Poznan Organising Committee have confirmed that the 2020 European Rowing Championships can be staged according to WHO and World Rowing guidelines from 9 to 11 October 2020.
The ERB and Poznan OC have been monitoring the evolving pandemic situation and the OC have put in place a plan to host the event following their Infection Prevention Plan which has been developed based on the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Rowing and relevant local authorities. The Poznan Infection Prevention Plan is available online at https://www.erch2020.eu/
Deadline for teams accreditation and entry by boat is set for Friday, 25 September 2020.
All European Member National Federations plus Israel shall be eligible to compete in the European Rowing Championships. An athlete must present a valid passport from the country for which he wishes to compete (as per FISA rules).
The events offered at the European Rowing Championships are:
Men (M): 1x, 2x, 2-, 4x, 4-, 8+
Women (W): 1x, 2x, 2-, 4x, 4-, 8+
Lightweight men (LM): 1x, 2x, 4x
Lightweight women (LW): 1x, 2x, 4x
Para-rowing: PR1 M1x, PR1 W1x, PR2 Mix2x, PR3 Mix4+
PRE-EVENT HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE
Similar to the other European Rowing events going ahead in September 2020, each participant at the regatta will be required to complete a Pre-Event Health Questionnaire and Member Federations are obliged to sign a consent form accepting responsibility for their team members. The forms will be sent out to Member Federations directly by the OC and must be completed and returned to the OC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Teams are encouraged to consider travelling to Poznan by their own bus or by train, where possible. The OC have agreed that, for teams travelling in their own buses to Poznan, these buses can be used for transporting the team between the hotel and the regatta venue. Teams planning on doing this must notify the OC in advance by email: email@example.com
Teams are recommended to book accommodation through the OC. The OC is still negotiating with many hotels to modify their deposit and cancellation policies, so it is best to take direct contact with the OC at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the latest hotel offers.
COVID-19 PREVENTION FEE
In order to deliver the event in the safest and most secure manner in the current situation, the additional costs incurred by the OC are considerable. Teams are therefore required to contribute to this cost by a fee of EUR 40.00 per person. The “covid-fee” is used to contribute to the provision of the required cleaning, sanitization and transmission-reduction measures at the venue. The fee will need to be paid upon the arrival at the venue and is based on the number of team members (rowers and team support personnel).
To ensure the best sanitary conditions possible, Teams will not be permitted to bring their own team tents into the Poznan regatta venue. The OC is able to provide a dedicated tent (5m x 5m, sanitized daily, with flooring) suitable for “October weather” for each team at a cost of EUR 400.00 for the duration of the regatta. Teams wishing to take up this offer should contact the OC at email@example.com.The OC will provide a general athlete rest and warm up area, should teams not wish to take up this offer for individual team tents.
Due to the covid-19 situation classification of para-rowers will not take place in Poznan. Further information of classification opportunities at events in 2021 are available at www.worldrowing.com.
Due to the current situation, regatta venue is not open to accept spectators. To further minimise the chance of transmission, it is recommended that spectators/supporters do not travel to spectate at the regatta. The OC will provide dedicated athlete seating for those athletes while not competing.
FISA EVENT SAFEGUARDING OFFICER : ANNAMARIE PHELPS
All rowers, entourage, coaches, volunteers, and staff have a right to participate and work in a non-violent, safe and respectful environment. Behaviour and actions that constitute harassment and abuse shall not be tolerated. If you have concerns regarding harassment and abuse whilst you are at this World Rowing event, please contact the FISA Event Safeguarding Officer for this event – Annamarie Phelps - during the event, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE VENUE
Lake Malta regatta course is located in the centre of Poznan. It is one of the most modern venues in the world and over the last twenty years has hosted large international events in water sports. Poznan hosted the 2007 and 2015 European Rowing Championships, the 2009 World Rowing Championships, the 2016 World Rowing Cup III and the 2017 World Rowing Cup II.
Poznan is located in west-central Poland along the Warta River. It is the fifth largest city amongst one of the oldest cities in Poland. Its population is approximately 550,000.
The origins of the first Poznan rowing club go back to the year 1904. Its initiator and founder was Maciej Wierzbinski who settled then in Poznan after a long-term stay in England. In 1912 the Tryton Poznan Association was established, and in 1919 the Students’ Sport Association began life. In the same year the Polish Federation of Rowing Associations (Polski Zwiazek Towarzystw Wioslarskich, PZTW) was established in Poznan. It was one of the first sports federations created in the reborn Poland, and was founded by 13 sports clubs. In 1924 Polish rowers took part in the 9th Olympic Games in Paris for the first time, entering two crews, a single and a four, into competition. They won their first Olympic medal (bronze) during their second Olympic appearance in 1928 in Amsterdam. From 1925, Polish rowing crews participated in the European Championships until their last appearance in 1938. The rowers returned to the European Championships after the Second World War in 1947, in Lucerne.
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