New women's rowing event tabled for Olympics

Last updated 07:03 14/02/2013
Emma Twigg
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ANOTHER SCULLER: Emma Twigg is currently the top women's single sculler in New Zealand. FISA is considering adding a lightweight single sculls event.

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A new women's event could be added to the Olympic rowing programme under proposals being considered by the sport's governing body this weekend.

With FISA hoping to encourage more women to participate in rowing, delegates will discuss whether to introduce the women's lightweight single sculls to the Olympics.

There are currently six women's events in an Olympic programme compared to eight for the men.

FISA will vote on the proposal at its congress on Sunday. If accepted, the change to the programme would be only possible with the approval of the International Olympic Committee.

Another proposal is the reintroduction of the women's four event in the world championships.

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