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RISE IN THE EAST

The right resources could pull rowing into the national psyche of the two most populous countries on earth

Ed Wittich reports on rowing’s resurgence in Asia as he visits China and India

At BAT Logic, we travel a lot. Be it for consulting or conferences, sales trips or just to see some of the best crews and athletes in the world do their thing, the inside of a plane is a very familiar sight. Not so familiar however, were the last two destinations: India and China. The health of rowing in these two countries is on the rise, at all levels - good news for all who love the sport.

It would be fair to say that rowing in China has not been a priority sport, even though China gained FISA membership in 1973 and has since won more than 20 medals at world-level events, almost entirely in women’s and lightweight classes. At Rio, 17 rowers, including reserves, travelled with the team, for the LM2x, LM4-, LW2x, W1x, W2x and W4x. This is a strong qualification, but one that could be higher, considering China’s domination at Asian rowing events.

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