The 2011 Annual Ordinary Congress of the International Rowing Federation (FISA) was held on 5 September, in Bled, Slovenia following the conclusion of the 2011 World Rowing Championships.
Delegates at the Congress selected Copenhagen, Denmark, to host FISA's Extraordinary Congress in 2013, the year following the Olympics. Held every four years, the Extraordinary Congress is the only opportunity for alterations to FISA's statutes and rules of racing.
"Hosting FISA’s Extraordinary Congress in 2013 will automatically put Denmark in focus. This congress is the most important congress within the rowing world and all the alterations to the statues and rules of racing will take place here. Denmark has a reputation of hosting major annuals and congresses amongst these the IOC Session and Olympic Congress 2009 where Rio was elected as Olympic Games host in 2016. Sport Event Denmark ensures the transfer of knowledge from one congress to another, and therefore we can assure FISA an extraordinary congress out of the extraordinary," says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark.
Sport Event Denmark placed the bid for the congress with the Danish Rowing Federation and Wonderful Copenhagen.
"Copenhagen welcomes FISA's Extraordinary Congress in 2013. Wonderful Copenhagen provides the perfect conditions for the discussions inside the congress venue and the recreative moments in the heart of a capital that pounds 24-7," says Lars Vallentin Christensen, Senior Business Development Manager, Wonderful Copenhagen.
"Danish rowing will get great attention via this congress, when IOC members and FISA representatives come to town to discuss the future for rowing. We have a unique sports culture in Denmark based on volunteer work in our sports clubs as well as winning Olympic medals for Denmark. Denmark also shows the versatility in rowing as we e.g. put focus on coastal rowing for all our clubs placed at the coastal line. Maybe some time in the near future it will be possible for Denmark to bid for either the European or World Championships," says Henning Bay, president, Danish Rowing Federation.
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