The Organising Committee for the 2021 World Rowing Masters Regatta Linz-Ottensheim (currently scheduled for 1 – 5 September 2021) and the World Rowing Masters Commission are doing their best to be able to stage this regatta for Masters rowers. As the Austrian Government is going to announce new guidelines on staging mass participation sporting events on 15 May 2021, the OC and World Rowing will now postpone the decision date for hosting the event to 18 May 2021.
Protecting the health and reducing the chance of infection for all participants is the priority. The OC has prepared a Covid-19 response plan which has been ratified by the Linz-Ottensheim, and Upper Austria authorities and follows the guidance of the World Health Organisation and the World Rowing Sports Medicine Commission’s “Return to Regattas” guidelines. These additional preventative measures for such a large event cause some significant additional and unanticipated costs for the OC. Therefore, World Rowing has approved the OC request for an exceptional “safe event” accreditation charge of Euro 10 per seat to be added to cover these additional costs.