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The History of Rowing in FISU 

After two successful editions of the International University Rowing Championships staged by CUSI and the city of Milan in 1980 and 1982, FISU undertook this sport on a world scale. It was Italy that put up its candidature for staging of the first World University Rowing Championship in 1984 in Milan. This first edition had a great success, welcoming 177 male and female rowers from 14 countries. The contest was led by Italy, Poland and the Netherlands. Traditionally strong in this discipline, the Polish distinguished themselves on several occasions, and finally staged the edition on their home ground in Poznan in 1992, which proved another magnificent success in terms of spectator support. This sport is often included in the Summer Universiade programme. Indeed, in 1987, 1989, 1993 and 2009, it featured as an optional sport in the Summer Universiades in Zagreb, Duisburg, Buffalo and Belgrade respectively. Rowing is a university sport par excellence. Everyone is familiar with the legendary Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race held on the River Thames. But we must not forget that nearly 50 percent of rowers taking part in civil events are university students or are associated with university. This is why some people consider it paradoxical that the sport is not included in the compulsory Summer Universiade programme.
In 1989, the city of Zagreb staged the WUC at Jarun, a very nice site where the 1987 Summer Universiade had been held. In this championship 217 male and 74 female rowers from 23 countries took part. This strong participation level demonstrated how booming this sport was within FISU. In 2000, a rowing regatta was organised in the Polish city of Poznan, where 294 participants were present. The new millennium almost doubled the number of participating athletes and in 2006 in Trakai (LTU), 259 male and 99 female rowers achieved their best results.

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Statistics

Edition

Year

Country

City

N° of Countries

M

W

Athletes

Officials

Total

1

1984

ITA

Milano

14

145

32

 177

 39

 216

2

1986

NED

Amsterdam

13

136

42

 178

 67

 245

3

1992

POL

Poznan

11

132

23

 155

 49

 204

4

1994

NED

Groningen

17

147

33

 180

 70

 250

5

1998

CRO

Zagreb

23

217

74

 291

 86

 377

6

2000

POL

Poznan

16

162

67

 229

 65

 294

7

2002

GBR

Nottingham

22

213

80

 293

 87

 380

8

2004

FRA

Brive-la-Gaillarde

30

262

92

 354

 109

 463

9

2006

LTU

Trakai

26

259

99

 358

 115

 473

10

2008

SRB

Belgrade

27

220

108

 328

 124

 452

11

2010

HUN

Szeged

28

251

99

 350

 98

 448

12

2012

RUS

Kazan

26

189

84

 273

 88

 361

13

2014

FRA

Gravelines

33

239

97

 336

 106

 442

14

2016

POL

Poznan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2015 - 28th Summer Universiade - Gwangju (KOR) - Rowing Optional Sport

2014 - 13th WUC Rowing - Gravelines (FRA)

2013 - 27th Summer Universiade - Kazan (RUS) - Rowing Optional Sport

2012 - 12th WUC Rowing - Kazan (RUS)

2010 - 11th WUC Rowing - Szeged (HUN)

2009 - 25th Summer Universiade - Belgrade (SRB) - Rowing Optional Sport

2008 - 10th WUC Rowing - Belgrade (SRB)

2006 - 9th WUC Rowing - Trakai (LTU)

2004 - 8th WUC Rowing - Brive-la-Gaillarde (FRA)

2002 - 7th WUC Rowing - Nottingham (GBR)

2000 - 6th WUC Rowing - Poznan (POL)

1998 - 5th WUC Rowing - Zagreb (CRO)

1994 - 4th WUC Rowing - Groningen (NED)

1993 - 17th Summer Universiade – Buffalo (USA) - Rowing Optional Sport

1992 - 3rd WUC Rowing - Poznan (POL)

1989 - 15th Summer Universiade - Duisburg (GER) - Rowing Optional Sport

1987 - 14th Summer Universiade - Zagreb (YUG) - Rowing Optional Sport

1986 - 2nd WUC Rowing - Amsterdam (NED)

1984 - 1st WUC Rowing - Milano (ITA)

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