IOC members gathered in Copenhagen to discuss the values of Rowing

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Denmark and IOC member, Frederik, meets with fellow IOC Members and the World Rowing Federation’s council members; President Denis Oswald, Vice-President Anita DeFrantz and John Coates who are in Copenhagen this weekend for The World Rowing Federation’s (FISA) Extraordinary Congress.

FISA Extraordinary Congress is only held once every four years in order to consider if any changes are required in the Statutes and Rules. At this year’s Congress, held from 15 to 17 February in Copenhagen, Denmark, FISA is considering making alternations to its Statutes and Rules of Racing to better reflect the core values of the sport of rowing.

In 2010 FISA re-confirmed that rowing’s long-held and inherent core values were even more relevant today. It conducted a detailed Strategic Re-assessment Exercise which looked at all aspects of the sport, its events, its marketing and governance. With considerable input received from thousands of rowers and rowing officials worldwide through a global survey the following values were confirmed to be:

– Rowers are: Balanced, Dedicated, Focused and Determined

– Rowing is about: Teamwork, Inclusiveness, Nature, Endurance and Fairness

The Extraordinary Congress delegates will discuss and debate the proposed changes to the statutes and rules that can assure and assist in preserving the core values of rowing on Friday and Saturday of this week, and then vote on changes on Sunday at the Extraordinary Congress.

Copenhagen has a well-known reputation of being a leading congress destination with a record of high profiled congresses such as The 121st International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session and Congress in 2009, the UEFA Congress 2009, The ITF Congress 2012 and this summer’s WCF World Curling Congress. Sport Event Denmark partners the FISA Extraordinary Congress. As the national sport event organization Sport Event Denmark recognizes the importance of staging congresses where the world of sport can meet and discuss.