A team of the World Rowing Federation /FISA/ is on a two-day visit in Plovdiv in order to check the readiness of the Rowing Channel for the World Rowing Championship that will take place between 8th and 16th of September.
So far Bulgaria has only hosted European Rowing Championships and World Youth Championships so a competition on such scale will be the first for the country. The inspectors are visiting Plovdiv on 29th and 30th of January. The FISA team consists of Svetla Otsetova – technical director of the World Rowing Federation and technical delegate for the World Championship, Cameron Allen – organizing FISA manager and technical delegate for the World Championship and Bernt Schumacher – technical FISA delegate. During their stay in Plovdiv they will put forward 128 questions regarding the organization of the World Championship and Bernt Schumacher – technical FISA delegate. During their stay in Plovdiv they will put forward 128 questions regarding the organization of the World Championship and the state of the Rowing Channel. According to Ivan Popov – president of the Organizing Committee, currently the Rowing Channel is at 90 percent ready for the big competition.
‘So far the Committee doesn’t have experience with organizing competitions for persons with special needs. On the other hand, we have already built an elevator for people with such problems. We have also provided a clear and accessible path to the venue and soon will build a special place for them at the Channel.
Plovdiv is also more or less prepared. There is disabled person’s elevator at the Ancient theater. We will make sure that there will also be suitably equipped rooms in the hotels that this people will stay in”, said Ivan Popov. He is sure that it will be the first and last visit of the delegates because they will receive satisfying answers to all 128 questions. The delegates will also visit the Rowing Channel and will have the opportunity to see that it will be ready for the big competition.
So far over 1200 candidates have applied for participation in the World Rowing Championship that will take place between 8th and 16th September 2018. All of them are of teams who will have participants in all disciplines. The final list of all participants will become clear after the regatta in Lucerne that will take place in the end of June. The competition in Plovdiv will provide a great opportunity for the Bulgarian rowers to race against the best in the world.
‘The World Rowing Championship will bring good revenues for Plovdiv. We can’t say exactly how much money it will bring but as an example the previous World.
Championship brought 20 million euros to Rotterdam. I think that we can attract half of this sum if we can provide enough quality and good conditions to our guests’, added Ivan Popov.