2022 World Rowing Cup I, Belgrade, Serbia / World Rowing/Benedict Tufnell
2022 World Rowing Cup I, Belgrade, Serbia / World Rowing/Benedict Tufnell

Last September, at the 2022 Extraordinary General Assembly in Racice, Czech Republic, the European Rowing Board was asked by its members to assess and attribute the European Rowing Championship event hosts for 2024* and 2025, in line with the World Rowing Strategic Event Attribution Process (SEAP).

Based on the available bids and following a virtual meeting last week to review the documentation, the European Rowing Board is now delighted to announce these events were attributed as follows:

  1. The 2024 European Rowing Championships, and 2024 European Olympic & Paralympic Continental Qualification Regatta to Szeged, Hungary.
  2. The 2025 European Rowing Championships to Belgrade, Serbia.

The European Rowing Board would like to thank the Hungarian and Serbian federations for their bids, and the World Rowing Events team for their support in assessing the bids. The dates of both events will be confirmed as soon as possible.

“We are delighted to be able to confirm these two attributions for our premier event, the European Championships, in 2024 and 2025, said Annamarie Phelps, Chair of the European Rowing Board. Next year in Szeged the Championships will also incorporate Paris 2024 qualification races, offering the opportunity for eligible crews to earn slots at Olympic or Paralympic Games for the first time, making this a must-watch event. Serbia has hosted a number of World events recently but the European Championships return to Belgrade for the first time since 2014. With so many recent events under their belt I am sure the Organising Committee will deliver a fantastic event for athletes and spectators. “

“It is a great honour for us that Szeged can host the European Rowing Championships and the Continental Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta, added Ottó Cseh, President of the Hungarian Rowing Association. Organising the event is extremely important for the Hungarian rowing community as well, as it is a great opportunity to give bigger popularity to rowing in our country and region. The event will take place at the Szeged Olympic Canoe and Rowing Centre, which has now become an excellent venue for rowing regattas due to the upgrades and infrastructure improvements in the past few years.”

“The Rowing Federation of Serbia was happy to receive the news that European Rowing agreed to have the 2025 European Rowing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, stated Vladimir Antic, Secretary General of the Serbian Rowing Federation. Belgrade welcomed the European Rowing Championships in 2014, and after successfully organising the European Rowing Junior Championships in 2020, and then World Rowing Cup I in 2022 at the Ada Ciganlija course, we will host this year the largest rowing competition in the world – the World Rowing Championships. We want to continue turning Belgrade into a quality destination on the map of rowing, and will make sure that the European Championships in 2025 will bring good memories to all participants. I hereby once again sincerely thank the European Rowing Board for their trust.”

The European Rowing Championships are among the oldest pan-continental sporting events and are able to trace their history back to 1893. The event has progressed a long way from its 19th century origins – with just three races and all for men.

The European Rowing Championships were staged almost annually from 1893 to 1973 after which they were replaced by the World Rowing Championships. A European Championships event was reintroduced into the international rowing calendar in 2007. In 2013, the championships were moved to an early season spot and thus have become an integral event for many teams.

Contact : Annamarie Phelps, Chair of the European Rowing Board – phelps@europeanrowing.org

 *The 2024 European Rowing Championships were originally attributed to Sabaudia, Italy, but the event had to be reallocated due to unforeseen political changes in the city.