Ready to row!!
This year’s Olympics will be like no other. Firstly, the Games are a year later than originally planned. Secondly, there will be no spectators, other than those who are working at the events. Then, the athletes will not have any contact to athletes from other countries or sports. And they will have to put their own medals around their own necks. Some Canadian athletes from other sports have declined to opportunity to participate in this year’s Olympic Games because of the risk of getting Covid19.
We are sending the largest rowing team in 25 years. The 29 athletes qualified for Team Canada based on their performances at the 2019 World Rowing Championships, the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta and a series of internal assessment camps. With 10 Canadian boats at the start line in Tokyo, this will be the largest Olympic rowing team since the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, when Canada also sent 10 crews. Led by Team Canada’s Tokyo 2020 Chef de Mission Marnie McBean who with her partner — the late, great Kathleen Heddle — became the first Canadians to win three career Olympic gold medals, Canada brought home six medals from Atlanta 1996.
Schedule and Results
The first Canadian boats to take to the start line will be the men’s single, women’s single and women’s double, with heats scheduled for Friday July 23 Japan Standard Time
(NOTE THE TIME DIFFERENCE IS -13 HOURS i.e. singles heats start Thursday July 22 7:30 pm Eastern Time).
Heats for the women’s pair, men’s pair, lightweight women’s double, lightweight men’s double, women’s four and men’s four take place on Saturday July 24 Japan Standard Time (Friday July 23 Pacific Time/Eastern Time).
Competition for the women’s eight will begin with heat racing on Sunday July 25 Japan Standard Time (Saturday July 24 Pacific Time/Eastern Time).
The full rowing schedule and results can be found on the official Tokyo 2020 site. A Finals will take place Tuesday July 27 to Friday July 30.
Broadcasting and Streaming
CBC is Canada’s Olympic Network for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Click here for CBC’s streaming schedule and here for CBC’s TV schedule. Free streaming options include CBC Gem, cbc.ca/tokyo2020 and the CBC Olympics app.
More Ways to Follow
Schedules, results and medal information can also be found in the COC’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Event Centre.
More information on the Tokyo 2020 regatta and the 10 Canadian crews can be found here.
And, for some background interviews with our Canadian rowers, check out Adam Kreek’s Podcast: https://rowrowtokyo.libsyn.com/site
Let’s cheer on those rowers!!