> Did anyone know, by the way, that rowing will be a demonstration sport
>at Sydney in 2000 if it loses only a handful of countries from its list of
>competitors..... It is widely regarded as the province of the rich,
>developed countries, and is on the IOC borderline as far as a global sport
>is concerned, which is somewhere around 60 countries.
> Anything we can do about it?
>RQ. (and I promise to stop being such a sensitive little flower, honest.....)
rowing, I have been hearing these rumors for the past two years. I guess it
only applies to the summer games, otherwise bob sledding would have gone
away years ago... another point entirely. American whibbling...
Anyhoo... It is my understanding that the IOC will yank the crew events if
they lose participation from seven of the countries claiming crew teams.
This has to do with the cap on the # of athletes allowed at the games *in
toto*. Seems bneach blanket volleyball and the triathletes want a medal
chance, so they have to cut some events to make room for the New, hipper,
All politics and money. Personally I vote they yank synchronized swimming
and archery. And that may happen as more and more sports jockey for the
What to do? Other then offer rowing lessons in Iceland, Zaire, (and if
these countries do have crews, my apologies) or any other place that does
not have a national crew team, we need to have national associations that
stay in the faces of IOC officals. We need more TV coverage, etc.
Visability and popularity help keep the medal spots. Sponsorships, TV
licenses and ticket sales support the IOC, and they will pout in events that
add to that formula.
OHMMMM OHMMMM OHMMMmoney.,......