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UPDATED: 12:15, June 08, 2006
NZ wins bid for 2010 rowing world championships
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New Zealand has won the bid to host the 2010 world rowing championships.

The International Rowing Federation (FISA) announced Wednesday night that New Zealand had won the hosting rights and that decision would go to its congress in August for ratification, according to New Zealand media.

NZTV said FISA believes the 1978 world championship at Lake Karapiro in New Zealand was very successful and New Zealand's 2010 bid showed they're fully prepared to repeat that success with significant national and local government funding and corporate sponsorship.

FISA's executive director Matt Smith said FISA recognizes the importance of staging a world championship in a host nation where the public strongly support the team and the sport.

The New Zealand bid was presented to the International Rowing Federation, in Munich, Germany, a week ago.

Its only opponent was the Netherlands. Rowing New Zealand's chief executive said there are three reasons for the success of the bid to host the 2010 world championships at Lake Karapiro.

Craig Ross said FISA remembers the successful 1978 championships at Lake Karapiro and knows New Zealand rowing goes back a lot further than last year's four world championship titles in Japan and the Olympic gold medals of Rob Waddell and Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell.

He said other successes include New Zealander coxless fours' gold medal at the Mexico Olympics and the eights' win at Munch four years later as well the world titles of Brenda Lawson and Phillipa Baker and that history proved quite telling.

Ross said the second point that influenced FISA is the fairness of the course --irrespective of wind direction -- and the third is support from national and local government as well as corporate sponsors.

Source: Xinhua

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