— Published 17 June 2021

Rowing breaks its record


It’s done. The International Rowing Federation (World Rowing) has completed its qualification process for the Tokyo Games. The result is satisfying: with the confirmation of the participation of a boat entered by Kuwait, the number of countries present next summer in Japan is setting a new record. No less than 80 nations will have at least one crew at the Tokyo Games, 11 more than at the Rio Games in 2016. Nine countries will be competing in the Olympic Games for the first time: Ivory Coast, Benin, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Namibia, Mauritius, Sudan, Uganda and Saudi Arabia. A total of 106 countries participated in the Olympic qualifying regattas while 116 countries tried their luck at the Rio 2016 Games, a decrease due to the sanitary crisis and travel restrictions. At the Tokyo Games, rowing will have equal gender participation, with an equal number (263) of male and female rowers.