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Preview: First World Rowing Championship of 2021 Takes Place Feb. 23-27

The first World Championship of 2021 rowing season takes place this week as the World Rowing Indoor Championships will be hosted virtually for the first time ever from Feb. 23-27.

The event will feature 935 rowers from 63 countries competing in individual races over distances 500m or 2000m, as well as several team races featuring men’s, women’s and mixed teams. Many of the competitors qualified to compete at the event by placing in one of the five continental qualification events, which were held throughout the world in late-2020 and early-2021. The Americas continental qualifying event took place just two weeks ago at the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships (CIRC).

Ontario rowers will be well represented at the event as several rowers qualified by racing at CIRC. To see the list of all the entries for the World Rowing Indoor Championships, please visit here.

The action will be live streaming on three of the race days including the finals on Saturday, Feb. 27. For those looking to follow along at home, the streams can be found on and World Rowing’s YouTube channel.