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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.

FISU Regulations

The rowing competition has its own FISU Regulations following the most recent rules of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron (FISA). The FISU Regulations are always set up on the recommendation of the FISU Technical Chair and the FISA Technical Delegate in close cooperation with the Committee for Sports Regulations and approved by the FISU Executive Committee.  In principle, the programme shall last two (2) days and include the following events, following the Avis de régates:

The delegation may include the following officials, according to the participants entered:

  • up to nine (9) participants two (2) officials
  • up to twenty (20) participants four (4) officials
  • over twenty (20) participants five (5) officials

Minimum Requirements of Rowing

With the rowing CT approval, the Organising Committee must provide, for exclusive use, outdoor sports facilities to cover all competition and training facilities for the men's and women's rowing event. The FISA regulations must be followed.




Single Scull (H 1x)


Single Scull (F 1x)


Coxless Pair (H 2x-)


Double Scull (F 2x-)


Coxless Pair (H 2-)


Coxless Four (F 4-)


Coxless Four (H 4-)


Eight (H 8+)


Light Weight

Single Scull (HPL 1x)

Light Weight

Single Scull (FPL 1x)


Double Scull (HPL 2x)


Double Scull (FPL 2x)


Coxless Four (HPL 4-)



Competition and Training Facilities

Type of Venue Number of Venues Changing Room Competitors Changing Room TOJR* Spectator Seating Press and Media Seating
Outdoor Facilities 1 Gender Segregated X 2,000 50


*TOJR Technical Officials, Judges and Referees

Next Events

2014 - 13th WUC Rowing - Gravelines (FRA)

2016 - 14th WUC Rowing - Poznan (POL)



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Previous Events

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

2012 - 12th WUC Rowing - Kazan (RUS)

2010 - 11th WUC Rowing - Szeged (HUN)

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)

1986 - 2nd WUC Rowing - Amsterdam (NED)

1984 - 1st WUC Rowing - Milano (ITA)

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