>All of this is only tangentially relevant to the "racing uniform" issue,
>which would only be germane to a rower who was right at the brink
This is where I disagree. Take a strong boat today. The goal at the
Worlds is to weigh in as close to the max/average as possible. Today
they weight in .05-.3 kg. under weight. Now say the US team bought
very good quality uni-suits or short/shirt combinations. This adds
enough weight to be a factor for most elite boats.
The lightweight study done by US Rowing did indeed look at weigh-in
procedures, educational approaches, different timeframes for
weigh-ins, additional rules to deny competitors to compete, etc. The
main factor that everyone agreed upon, that causes problems, was the lack of
general knowledge about lightweights making weight safely. A report
with proposed guidelines was created and distributed to (I believe)
all US Rowing member organizations. I'm leaning to questioning the
FISA ruling on the same premise.
What bothers me about the FISA ruling is: What was the motivation for
1. Was it health reasons? - If so why didn't they just say every one
has to carry a 3/4 # weight. The decision (In my opinion) goes
against this because they inherently have added weight to each
individual. Since I don't believe the competitors will change, they
most likely will not drink about 14 oz of fluids that they normally
would sometime during the 8 hours before weigh in to make weight.
2. Was it to prevent 'indecent exposure' at weigh in? - If so, why
haven't recent worlds been regulated in such a way to prevent this
from happening. The ruling does help in this area.
3. Was it for fairness? - I'd say that the ruling will only elevate
the value of a 'skimpy racing uniform' (either in the amount of
material or in the type of material used). Thus there will be those
that can pay more and have the advantage of being a bit more
hydrated 2 hours before an event. If fairness was the issue than it
would seem to me *** would be the way to go...people are less likely
to cut off body parts to make weight :-).
4. There had to be another motive...but I haven't thought or heard of
one yet. Please tell me.
Just my humble opinion...
BTW: I am not a 'heavy' lightweight. Just a lightweight that has
lived among a few that know how to take off the weight properly
without affecting their health. That 14 oz of fluid that I was taking
about is important to these people.