Rules

2020 World Rowing Indoor Championships & Information about French Rowing Indoor Championships  
7-8 February 2020  
Coubertin Stadium, Paris, France  

The World Rowing Federation (FISA), in partnership with Concept2 and FFAviron and Incept (French Concept2 supplier) are proud to host the 2020 World Rowing Indoor Championships (WRICH) on 7-8 February 2020 at the Coubertin Stadium, Paris. The event would also double up as the 2020 French Rowing Indoor Championships (FRIC).  

Please read this bulletin in its entirety, as it contains important information about this year’s event.
  • 15 October 2019 -- Online registration opens at www.wrichparis2020.com
  • 24 December 2019 – Classification Documentation Deadline
  • 31 December 2019 -- Early bird online registration deadline
  • 20 January 2020 -- Online entry deadline
  • 30 January -- Late entry deadline (by E-mail)
  • 1 February 2020 -- Initial race schedule posted
  • 7 February 2020 -- On-site race card pick-up is available   

SCHEDULE INFORMATION:
Racing will take place on February 7 and 8, 2020. A complete racing schedule will be available following the close of entries. A provisional schedule is published on www.wrichparis2020.com  :

500m sprints - Friday 07 Feb 2019 from 18:00 hrs onwards
2000m races - Saturday 08 Feb 2019 from 09:00 to 19:00hrs
Relays - Right after the last 2000m race (approx. 18:00hrs onwards)  

All racing is a Finals-only format, regardless of the number of entries in each event. If there is more than one heat for a particular event, the fastest overall time will determine the winner. Races will be seeded by projected time within an event.  

Award ceremonies will be held as described in the Medals section of this event bulletin.

500m SPRINTS 

500m UNDER 23, OPEN et MASTERS
World Rowing Indoor Championships & French Rowing Indoor Championships  
Each of the following categories include Men, Lightweight Men, Women and Lightweight Women races :
  • Under 23 
  • Open
  • Master 30-39
  • Master 40-49
  • Master 50-59
  • Master 60 and over 
500m JUNIORS
World Rowing Indoor Championships & French Rowing Indoor Championships
  • Under 19 (Junior) Men
  • Under 19 (Junior) Women
French Rowing Indoor Championships
  • Under 17 (Junior) Men
  • Under 17 (Junior) Women  
500m PARA-ROWING EVENTS (CLASSIFIED ROWERS)
World Rowing Indoor Championships & French Rowing Indoor Championships
  • Men PR1
  • Women PR1
  • Men PR2
  • Women PR2
  • Men PR3
  • Women PR3  
500m PR3 ID - Legs, Trunk & Arms (Intellectual Disability)
Exhibition Event 
  • Men PR3 ID
  • Women PR3 ID

2000m RACES

2000m UNDER 23, OPEN, and MASTERS
World Rowing Indoor Championships & French Rowing Indoor Championships  
Each of the following categories include Men, Lightweight Men, Women and Lightweight Women races :
  • Under 23
  • Open
  • Master 30-39
  • Master 40-49
  • Master 50-54
  • Master 55-59
  • Master 60-64
  • Master 65-69
  • Master 70-74
  • Master 75-79
  • Master 80-84
  • Master 85-89
  • Master 90-94
  • Master 95-99
  • Master 100 and over 
2000m JUNIORS
World Rowing Indoor Championships & French Rowing Indoor Championships
  • Under 19 (Junior) Men
  • Under 19 (Junior) Women
French Rowing Indoor Championships
  • Under 17 (Junior) Men
  • Under 17 (Junior) Women  

2000m PARA-ROWING EVENTS (CLASSIFIED ROWERS)
World Rowing Indoor Championships & French Rowing Indoor Championships
  • Men PR1
  • Women PR1
  • Men PR2
  • Women PR2
  • Men PR3
  • Women PR3  
500m PR3 ID - Legs, Trunk & Arms (Intellectual Disability)
Exhibition Event 
  • Men PR3 ID
  • Women PR3 ID      

RELAY

More information on teams constitution in the Competition Information section below.

Relay 8 x 250m
(4 rowers per team will share 1 machine. Each team member will take turns rowing 250 metres twice each in the same order)
 World Rowing Indoor Championships only  

  • Mixed 4 (minimum 1 man et 1 woman in the team)
WRICH relay is open to competitors of any age.  

 French Rowing Indoor Championships only  
  • Mixed 4 (also ranked in the WRICH Mixed 4)
  • Men 4
  • Women 4
These events are open to all from 15 years old without age category/ranking.

Relay 4 x 500m
Exhibition Event 
  • Mixed PR3 ID  
Four combined 
(4 rowers across 4 machines, one for each. Team performance = average of individual performances)
Course de démonstration
  • 500m / Inclusion Relay

BEFORE

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS
  • Competitors who are not French can participate in all the WRICH and Open events (all events except U17 and relays races which are French Rowing Indoor Championships only)
  • As per French regulations for any sporting events organised in France, in order to participate, it is mandatory to provide a medical certificate. An example template will be available for download during the entry & registration process (and also at the end of the bulletin). The certificate must be sent by email or a printed copy should be submitted onsite at the accreditation/registration desk before picking up the race cards
 Rowers will be automatically placed in their age category event at the registration. To enter, please visit www.wrichparis2020.com  

FRENCH COMPETITORS
All French competitors wil be ranked in both French and World Rowing Indoor Championships. Except:
  • PR1,2,3 rowers who only have a French Classification and not an international classification (FISA).
  • 2 relays (Men and Women) of French Rowing Indoor Championships
FISA ROWERS COMMITMENT FORM
All participants must agree the FISA Rower’s Commitment Form during online registration.  

ON COMPETITION DAY

ATHLETE CHECK-IN:
Race Cards will be issued to competitors on 7 and 8 February 2020, at the Athlete Check-in Desk at Coubertin Stadium (Provisional opening hours : Friday 7 – 10:00 to 20:00 / Saturday 8 – 7:00 to 19:00). Race Cards will be available for pick up by last name. Race cards must be picked up no later than one hour prior to race time.  

Competitors will be required to show their Race Card in order to weigh-in, enter the Warm up room and the Competition Floor. Lightweight competitors must pick up their Race Cards before weighing in.
No paper entries will be accepted for this event. All entries must be made online at www.wrich2020paris.com. Early bird registration will be available from 15 October to 31 December 2019. Regular registration will be open from 1 - 20 January 2020. No refunds will be given.  

All entry fees must be paid in full by 20 January 2020. After this date, unpaid entries will be considered late entries and subject to the additional fees associated with such designation. Any entry fees not paid in full by 30 January 2020 will be withdrawn from the competition.

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE 

Each participant taking part in the 2020 World Rowing Indoor Championships is required to give a medical certificate signed by a doctor, which attests that he is medically fit to compete. A template to be filled and signed by a doctor is available during registration process (it can either be sent by email or submitted as a hard copy on competition day at athlete check-in). Race cards will not be issued if the medical certificate has not been sent by email or submitted.

FRAIS D'INSCRIPTION et QUOTA DE PARTICIPANTS

  EARLY BIRD REGULIER TARDIF
  15 Oct - 31 dec  1 Jan - 20 Jan 20 - 30 Jan
500 m 15 € 20 € + 20 €
2000 m 25 € 30 € + 30 €
Relay 60 € 80 € + 40 €


CAPS :

A high number of entries are expected at this event. In order to run the event operations smoothly within the given time frame, the following caps have been put into place for the World Rowing Indoor Championships events.  

500m events --> maximum of 960 participants
2000m events --> maximum of 2400 participants
Relais events --> maximum of 192 équipes  

Some places will be reserved for international entries until 31 December 2019, at which point all remaining places will be open to entries from any country.

LATE ENTRIES:
From 20 January until 30 January 2020, late entries may be accepted in events where there are still open spots. Depending on availability, entries may be accepted onsite for relay events. Incomplete registrations will not be accepted.  

WITHDRAWALS:
Withdrawals must be declared as soon as possible and at any time of the entry period at wrichparis2020@ffaviron.fr. Please note that withdrawing from a race will open up that spot for another competitor.

 

EVENT AGE CLASSIFICATIONS:

Under de 17 (French Championships only): A competitor may compete in the U17 category if he’s 14, 15 or 16 years old on the race day. 

Under de 19:
A competitor may compete in the U19 category if he/she shall not have attained the age of 19 by race day.  

Under de 23: A competitor may compete in the U23 category if he/she shall not have attained the age of 23 by race day

Open: Open events are open to competitors of any age

Masters: A master athlete is a competitor who has attained, or will attain, the age of 30 on race day. A competitor’s age is determined on the day of the race. Masters competitors are required to race within the event designated for their age category but they can choose to race in open category if they want to. Masters Age Categories: 30-39, 40-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, 100 and over.

Catégories d'âge des masters : 30-39, 40-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, 100 and over.  

PARA-ROWING EVENT CLASSIFICATIONS/ELIGIBILITY FOR PARA ATHLETES

FISA Classification is required for the World Rowing Indoor Championships PR1, PR2, and PR3 events. To view the list of athletes who have been internationally classified, please view the Master Athlete Classification List on the Para Rowing Information page of the FISA Website.  

Athletes taking part in these events who have not yet been internationally classified may request to be classified the day prior to competition (7 February 2020). Both physical and visual impairment classification will be available. In order to request a classification appointment, athletes must submit medical documentation to FISA (links below). These documents must be submitted via the athlete’s National Federations using the FISA Classification portal 45 days prior to classification, i.e. no later than 24 December 2019. Please send these documents to your National Federation well in advance of this date. Athletes and their National Federations that submit documentation after this deadline will not be guaranteed a classification opportunity.

Liens :
FISA Medical Diagnostics Form for PHYSICAL IMPAIRMENT
FISA Medical Diagnostics Form for VISUAL IMPAIRMENT
Appendix 19: FISA Para Rowing Classification Regulations

IMPORTANT CLASSIFICATION NOTE:
If you have been classified in your country for para on-water rowing and have not competed internationally, you most likely have a national classification status that IS NOT accepted as a FISA international classification. If you have competed in on-water rowing at the international level, then you would likely have been FISA classified. If you have been internationally classified, please ensure that you have a confirmed status, or that your review date has not passed.


For more information on how to become classified by FISA, and for more information about para rowing and classification regulations, please visit http://www.worldrowing.com/para-rowing/

For questions about international classification, please email classification@fisa.org.  

Please note all FISA Classified PR1 and PR2 athletes are required to attend the fitting session on Friday, February 7, 2020, at the Coubertin Stadium. No exceptions.

TEAM EVENTS ENTRIES:

Relay 8 x 250m (4 rowers per team will share 1 machine. Each team member will take turns rowing 250 metres twice each in the same order)
World Rowing Indoor Championships only  
  • Mixed 4: Teams of 4 rowers with minimum 1 male and 1 female members required. No other age or nationality restrictions.  
Championnats de France d’aviron indoor uniquement
  • Mixed 4 (also ranked in the WRICH Mixed 4): Teams of 4 rowers with minimum 1 male and 1 female members required
  • Men’s 4: Teams of 4 male members, affiliated at the same FFA club
  • Women’s 4: Teams of 4 female members, affiliated at the same FFA club  
Relay 4 x 500m
Exhibition Event
  •  Mixed PR3 ID: Teams of 4 rowers with minimum 1 male and 1 female members required, presenting an intellectual deficiency.  
Four combined (4 rowers across 4 machines, one for each. Team performance = average of all individual performances)
Exhibition Event
  •  500m / Inclusion Relay: 4 rowers with minimum 1 male and 1 female members and among them 1 classified para-rower.

RÈGLES

FISA Rules of Racing, Appendix 24, Indoor Rowing Competition Regulations (“the Regulations”) will be used to govern this event. The Regulations shall apply to all events except as shown below, where the FISA Executive Committee has exercised its authority under FISA Statutes Article 52 to allow exceptions to the Regulations.  

The exceptions are:
  • Any member of the medical staff has the authority to pull an athlete for medical reasons at any time.
  • Athletes who registered as a lightweight and fail to weigh in for any reason may row at their originally assigned time and machine. Results will be recorded in the corresponding open weight event.
  • Rowers will take the start command from the PM5 monitor on the Concept2 Erg. The visual commands will be “Sit ready,” “Attention,” “ROW.” The clock starts with the “ROW” command and not after the handle is pulled. There may be no audible start command.
  • Rowers who make more than one false start in a single event may be disqualified at the discretion of regatta officials.
  • If the rower’s erg becomes disconnected from the Concept2 Venue Racing System, the rower must not stop rowing. All data is retained on the PM5. If any other mechanical problem develops early during an event, a regatta official should be alerted immediately. The rower may be moved to an unoccupied erg or their race rescheduled following an appropriate rest period.
  • Special Note: Objections, Protests, Appeals shall be subject to the Regulations (pages 406 – 408, FISA Rules of Racing - Appendix 24, Indoor Rowing Competition Regulations)

WEIGH-INS

Lightweights

Les règlements de la FISA sur les compétitions d'aviron indoor seront utilisés pour régir cet événement. Pour une épreuve d'aviron indoor, aucun rameur poids léger ne peut peser plus de 75 kg et aucune rameuse ne peut peser plus de 61,5 kg. Les rameurs poids légers seront pesés en ne portant que leur uniforme de course sur des balances testées au moins une fois.
(1) heure et pas plus de deux (2) heures avant leur première course de chaque épreuve poids léger à laquelle ils participent, chaque jour de la compétition. Les compétiteurs poids légers doivent ramasser leur fiche de course avant de se peser. Dans le cas où un compétiteur dépasse le poids maximum dans sa catégorie de course légère, il pourra ramer à son placement initial (numéro ergomètre et temps de course), mais classé avec les rameurs toute catégorie dans la même catégorie d'âge et sexe.  

ANTI-DOPING:

The authority of FISA regarding anti-doping is set out in FISA’s Statutes, Rules and Bye-Laws and the World Anti-Doping Code and Regulations and includes the ability to implement in- and out-of-competition drug testing and the biological passport. All participants must sign the FISA Rower’s Commitment Form during online registration, which includes a clause on Anti-Doping, and may be subject to anti-doping testing at this year’s event.  

More information can be found at the following links:

FISA’s Anti-Doping Regulations: http://www.worldrowing.com/mm//Document/General/General/13/13/18/Appendix14-Antidoping2018update_Neutral.pdf

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code: https://www.wada-ama.org/en/what-we-do  

In France, AFLD is in charge of control and all rowers may be subject to anti-doping testing at this year’s event.

EQUIPMENT

All equipment used in competition will be provided by the organisers. Modifications will not be allowed by competitors except as approved by the Jury for the PR1, PR2, and PR3 events. No external software will be permitted.

OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE

Crews are reminded that they are not to receive outside assistance during a race except from the unaided voice and only from the public stand. No coaches are allowed on the race floor. Classified visually impaired rowers may receive verbal status only from one coach who can sit behind them.

PRACTICE INFORMATION

Warm-up ergometers will be available just off the competition floor with absolute priority given to competitors for the next race taking place on the race floor. Cool down will be permitted on bikes, stretching mats and a limited number of indoor rowing machines in a restricted area of this room.

MEDALS AND AWARDS 

FISA will present world championship medals (gold, silver and bronze) to the top three finishers in all events designated as World Rowing Indoor Championships events.   FFAviron will present national championship medals (gold, silver, and bronze) to the top three French finishers in all events designated as French Indoor Rowing Championship events. FFAviron or French Adaptative Sports Federation will also award National medals to the top three finishers in the Exhibition events.   In designated events, both World Rowing Indoor Championship and French Indoor Rowing Championship medals will be awarded.   Medal ceremonies for both the World Rowing Indoor Championships and French Indoor Rowing Championships in the FISA-classified PR1, PR2, and PR3; Under 19; Under 23; and Senior (Open) events will be held on the competition floor. All other medal ceremonies will be held at the medals stage on the concourse.
The competition will be held at the Coubertin Stadium, a world-class athletic facility. This venue is regularly used for handball (PSG) volleyball, tennis, martial arts, fencing, badminton and similar events. The location is 2 minutes away from the metro Porte de Saint Cloud (line 9).  

For purposes of driving directions, the address of the stadium is Avenue du Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Paris. Inquiries should NOT be sent to that address.  

ACCESS AND ENTRANCE ENTRANCE (PUBLIC, ATHLETES, PARA-ATHLETES and HANDICAPPED SPECTATORS : Avenue du stade de Coubertin

PARKING : parking on the street (4,8€/2h – 9,6€/3h – 16,8€/4h – 25,4€/5h – 35€/6h (maximum parking duration), Indigo Point du Jour just in front of the stadium, OnePark Porte de Saint-Cloud.

World Rowing Indoor Championships 2020

Registrations until 20 January 2020

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