Hyderabad, Dec 4: The 38th Senior National Rowing Champions 2019 for Men and Women being organized under the aegis of the Telangana Rowing Association, was inaugurated by Telangana Minister for Sports V Srinivas Goud here on Tuesday evening.
Telangana State Sports Authority (TSSA) Vice-Chairman and Managing Director A Dinakar Babu, Rowing Federation of India (RFI) President Ms. Rajlaxmi Singh Deo, Asian Rowing Federation (ARF) Vice-President Col. CP Singh Deo and other dignitaries were also present at the inaugural function.
The Championships will be held on the Hussain Sagar rowing course, along the Sanjeeviah Park here.
Over 500 rowers, including top rowers Arjun Lal, Arvind Singh, Sawarn Singh and Sukhmeet Singh, and officials from 27 states and affiliated associations are taking part in the week- long event.
The championships would be held in 2,000 metres and 500 metres in the categories of single scull, double scull, light weight, open and civil double scull among others as per the specifications of FISA (The International Rowing Federation) and RFI (Rowing Federation ofIndia)rules. All races will begin from the western end of the lake, opposite The Park hotel; and the Finish Line will be located at the Boats Club, Sanjeevaiah Park Road.
To provide a better viewing opportunity to audience, a grandstand will be constructed near the finish line for the spectators. Top performers would go for the camp (Bhopal or Pune) and subsequently get shortlisted/selected for the qualifiers to be held in South Korea in April next year for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The organising committee of the championships has introduced GPS technology to track the precise movement of the rowing shell using integrated sensors and the data generated can be accessed by rowers using a smartphone. (UNI)