What is FISA, the World Rowing Federation?

The World Rowing Federation, FISA (from the French, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) is the governing body of the sport of rowing. It is empowered by its 153 member National Rowing Federations, the National Olympic Committees and the International Olympic Committee to govern the sport of rowing.

FISA sets the rules and regulations for the practice of the sport, in all its forms including elite, para-rowing, coastal, masters and aspects of indoor rowing. FISA oversees sanctioned World Rowing events and provides advice and expertise for the organisation of rowing regattas. The Federation also works on coaching education and other matters relating to the sport and its development. 

FISA’s Vision

To encourage the development of the sport of rowing and strengthen the bonds that unite all who enjoy this sport.

FISA’s Mission

To make rowing a universally practiced and globally relevant sport in all its forms. To effectively and efficiently govern, develop, showcase and promote the sport of rowing and respect and protect the environment when practicing the sport.

FISA's Guiding Principles

  • Priority to Rowers and Rowing: ​The interests, well-being and health of the rowers are always at the centre of our sport. FISA directs its work in the interests of rowers and rowing
  • Rowing in all its Forms: ​FISA recognises the value of the different forms of rowing that exist globally and that enable the sport to be practised by people of differing ages, abilities and training objectives. FISA seeks to both represent and develop all of these different forms of rowing.
  • ​Equality of Opportunity & Fairness:​ FISA seeks to ensure fairness and equality of opportunity, both in competition and across all levels of the organisation.
  • ​Inclusion & Non-Discrimination: ​FISA is committed to inclusion and accessibility, strives for gender equality and does not tolerate any form of discrimination.
  • Integrity: ​FISA is committed to the highest ethical standards, is a recognised leader in the fight against doping and is dedicated to preventing the manipulation of competitions.
  • ​Sustainability: ​FISA carefully assesses sustainability in all its actions and decisions. FISA endorses a responsible and sustainable approach to the planning and staging of its events so as to maximise positive impacts and minimise negative impacts on the environment and surrounding communities.
  • ​Autonomy & Independence: ​FISA undertakes to preserve the independence and autonomy of international sport.
  • ​Integral Part of World Sport: ​FISA seeks to ensure a leading position for rowing in the world of sport. FISA is an integral member of the Olympic and Paralympic movements and other leading world sports organisations.

Core Values of Rowing

  • Fairness: In a spirit of fair play, rowers lean self-discipline, the need for commitment and respect for their opponents. 
  • Teamwork: Rowers learn that by working together to achieve a common goal everyone achieves more.
  • Inclusiveness: Rowers combine into a single and cooperative community, irrespective of race, gender, orientation, creed, age or ability.
  • Timeless: Rowers pass on time-honoured values and shared experiences from past to future generations.
  • Environmental awareness: Rowers respect and safeguard the water and its surroundings.

World Rowing's Strategic Framework

2017 Annual Report

2018 Ordinary Congress Agenda Papers EN