The three bidders for the right to host the 2015 World Rowing Championships - Lake Aiguebelette, France, Loch Strathclyde, Great Britain and Lake Varese, Italy - presented their bids to the FISA Council on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany.

The 2015 bid process started last October with a bid seminar for all participants in Lausanne, Switzerland. The bidders then hosted the FISA bid inspection team for detailed inspection visits in March and April. The bidders submitted their complete bids in printed form to FISA on May 31 May.

According to Rule 5 of the FISA Rules of Racing, the Council shall select the most suitable candidate and propose it to the Congress for final approval. The Congress will take place on 5 September 2011 in Bled, Slovenia. The 2015 World Rowing Championships are scheduled to take place from 30 August to 6 September 2015 and serve as the main qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games regatta.

All three bids were of very high quality which made the decision difficult, but, after a very detailed evaluation, the Council has selected Lake Aiguebelette, France as its selection to present to the Congress. Lake Aiguebelette is a natural lake located in the Savoie region of France, near Aix-les-Bains and Chambéry. It previously hosted the 1990 World Rowing Junior Championships and the 1997 World Rowing Championships.

The Council then selected Lake Varese, Italy to present to the Congress for approval as the host of the 2014 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

The FISA Council would like to express its sincere appreciation to the bidding national federations and the support they have received from their government authorities for their tremendous efforts to prepare these outstanding bids.

The reasoning for the Council's decision will be published in advance of the Congress.