For Immediate Release: March 13, 2020
As the country's response to the Coronavirus continues to evolve on a rapid basis, USRowing has been making decisions based on information from national and local agencies, health authorities, and in consultation with international, national, and local sports organizations. The health and safety of our athletes, officials, volunteers, fans, and event hosts has been our overarching priority, along with the importance of the national response to this pandemic.
With the information we have today, in consultation with the USOPC and new information from local health officials, USRowing has made the decision to postpone next week's 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Rowing I in Sarasota, Fla., and will not run a National Team event for the next 30 days.
We understand the difficulties of making this announcement at this time and the disruption it puts on the athletes currently preparing for the event in Sarasota. Over the next several days, USRowing, the USRowing High Performance Committee and other invested parties will be discussing next steps as it relates to the selection procedures and process. USRowing will include feedback from athletes as we look at the process going forward. FISA will be making its next announcement regarding international events and the Olympic qualification process on March 17. USRowing will use this information in its planning.
During these difficult times, the balance between Olympic preparation and competition, the health and well-being of our athletes and overall rowing community, and our obligation to the national Coronavirus response will continue to be challenging. USRowing will continue to assess this daily in trying to meet those needs.
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