The Ordinary Congress brings together rowing’s national federations from around the world enabling them to participate and contribute to the major decisions needed for the organisation and running of the sport of rowing.

The World Rowing Federation, FISA President Jean-Christophe Rolland stated in his President’s report that the ongoing goal for FISA is to; “Develop the sport, grow the community, and enlarge the number of people connected with Rowing in all its disciplines.”

Rolland noted a number of successes through this goal including the progress made in promoting women in sport, and not just among athletes in making 50:50 representation of boat classes, but also at the administrative level with women making up 50 per cent of the voting members of the Executive Committee and 43 per cent of the FISA Council.

The development of the coastal and indoor rowing communities continues in a positive direction. Coastal is now part of FISA’s Olympic strategy and Indoor now has its own World Rowing Indoor Championships that brings in athletes who extend far beyond the traditional on-water rowers. Para-rowing development continues with para-rowing truly ‘parallel’ to rowing. Racing is at the 2000m distance and para-rowing boat classes are intertwined with the overall boat class schedule at the World Rowing regattas.

The 2018 season was another positive season for rowing. “I congratulate athletes, coaches and teams for the wonderful races,” said Rolland in his report. “I thank the organising committees of the World Championships and World Cups, our governmental partners and private partners as well as all of our volunteers for your contributions to the success of these regattas.”

Rolland acknowledged rowing’s biggest asset – the people – and made special mention of the contribution made by the member federations, the Council, Commissions, Staff and volunteers.

The Congress will include elections for six chairs of FISA commissions and, in particular, for the Athletes Commission with Lenka Dienstbach-Wech (Germany) having reached the term limit and the attribution of World Championship events during the period 2021 to 2025.

The agenda papers also include FISA’s financial statements and future budget plans.

The complete agenda papers can be found here.
FISA Ordinary Congress information here