— Published 3 August 2022

The first World Championships in hybrid mode

World Rowing innovates. The world rowing body has announced the organization of the first hybrid indoor world championships next February. They will be held on a Concept2 ergometer, like the 2022 edition, but with the possibility of participating in the events in person and remotely. The competition will be held on February 25-26, 2023 at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga, just minutes from Toronto, Canada. Rowers will have the choice of attending on-site in Canada or participating remotely around the world, but in real time with the same performance measures. The “virtual” competitors will be connected via Internet to the same central timing and results system as those physically present in Mississauga. For competitors who have chosen to travel to Ontario, qualification will not be necessary. The number of competitors in person will only be limited by the capacity of the site. For the others, engaged in virtual mode, the places will be limited. Applicants will have to go through a qualifying stage, the details of which will be announced by World Rowing in September 2022. Another new feature is the creation of a new competition format, the World Rowing Versa Challenge, to determine the best indoor rower in the world, in addition to the usual age-group races.