Following extensive discussions with all key stakeholders, the World Rowing Executive Committee has verified that the preparations of the Organising Committee (OC) of the 2021 WRBSF & WRBSF, Oeiras conforms to the World Rowing requirements for 2021 regattas and have therefore confirmed that the regattas will take place from 23-26 September 2021 (WRBSF) and 30 September-03 October 2021 (WRCC). Additionally, the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport has approved the staging of the event.
As previously stated, the decision-making framework for all events during the pandemic begins with two key considerations: first, the ability of the organising committee and the host city to still stage the event in the current circumstances and, second, the full commitment of the organising committee and host city to implement the strict covid-19 transmission mitigation measures required by World Rowing’s “Return to Regattas” guidelines.
As required by World Rowing’s event management guidance (Return to Regattas found here) which was successfully tested during 2020, the OC has developed a covid-19 protection plan for staging the event based on the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) & World Rowing. The plan has been carefully reviewed. World Rowing and the OC are confident that the measures planned to be in place are appropriate to minimise the risk of transmission and infection at the event. The event Covid-19 Response Plan will soon be available online at https://oeirascoastalrowing.com/home/ .
Each Member Federation is responsible to exercise maximum care for its team members before, during and after the event. All participants must follow the measures in the OC covid-19 Protection Plan at all times, including the wearing of masks at all times except in the boat, on an ergometer or at meals, social distancing and regular disinfection, among the other measures published by the OC.
In addition to meeting any local government requirements, 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 Oeiras OC and must be completed and returned to the OC by email to firstname.lastname@example.org . In addition, all participation conditions will be explained to participating athletes and officials in a webinar to be organised before travel to the event. To protect the health of all participants, anyone not adhering to the participation conditions will be immediately disqualified and excluded from the event, at the discretion of the World Rowing Executive Committee.
World Rowing and the Oeiras OC continue to monitor the covid-19 situation in Portugal and the latest recommendations from the WHO and local health authorities. Any further updates will be communicated to the Member Federations directly.
Member Federation Zoom Meeting
World Rowing will hold a Video Conference Call for Member Federations on Tuesday, 29 June 2021 at 09:00 hrs and 17:00 hrs CET to cover essential elements of these decisions and as an opportunity for representatives to ask any questions relating to these World Rowing events. A link for Member Federations will be sent directly by email.