Serbian Rowing Federation confirms European Championships
A letter from Nebojsa Jevremovic, Secretary General, Serbian Rowing Association
Dear Rowing friends,
On behalf of the Serbian Rowing Federation and the Organizing Commitee in charge of the 2014 European Rowing Championships in Belgrade, it is my duty to inform you that despite the recent tragic flooding that has taken place last week in Serbia - floods that have ravaged numerous towns in vast areas throughout our country - the preparations for a successful 2014 European Rowing Championship are going forward as planned.
The Serbian Rowing Federation and the Organizing Committee are in continuous contact with the Serbian Government, the National Ministry of Youth and Sport, as well as the City Government. Everyone is closely following this very difficult situation, but not once was the organization of the European Rowing Championship brought into question. The water level of the Sava River which surrounds the venue is at the usual level for this time of year and does not present a threat. With this in mind, the safety of all of the participants and spectators of the 2014 European Rowing Championships in Belgrade is assured.
The City of Belgrade was not hit by the floods and all city systems such as electricity, water supply, telecommunications, public transport, aero transport - including the Nikola Tesla Airport - and hotels function normally.
The city’s water supply was not affected; therefore it is clean and safe for drinking.
All highways that pass through Belgrade - E-75 and E-80 - are open, and traffic flow is as usual. This means that boat transport can take place as planned on the usual routes.
As mentioned before, the water level of the rowing course is closely regulated by water pumps and does not in any way depend on the water level of the Sava River which surrounds the venue.
There are some problems for the OC tied to the direct help of certain City Public Services in a few parts of the organization. These offices are currently being used to help rescue people affected by the floods as well as collecting material goods. The OC has foreseen this and has put a reserve plan into action for these parts of the organization. This plan is continuing with no complications.
Dear friends, the gravity of the worst natural catastrophe in the Serbia’s history is immeasurable. The number of human casualties, loss of material goods, homes, natural and economic resources have put the Organizing Committee in front of a great task of successfully finalizing the preparations for the European Championships; a process that has been in the works for the past two years. Serbia has proclaimed a multiple day period of mourning so the Organizing Committee will follow through with the Opening Ceremony in accordance with the current situation in our country.
Finally, I would like to thank all European Rowing Federations that, through their participation, will contribute to making the 2014 European Rowing Championships the best event of this caliber yet. The Serbian Rowing Federation and the Organizing Committee will make sure that your team members have optimum conditions for the competition in accordance with all FISA requirements, and that they will, even with these unforeseen circumstances, take only the best memories from Belgrade.
On behalf of the Serbian Rowing Federation,