2019 Pan American Games Selection Procedures Announcement
The 2019 Pan American Games will be held July 26 – August 11, 2019 in Lima, Peru. At past Pan American Games, the United States and Canada have been granted a full team in rowing to participate in the Games. In 2018, the Pan American Rowing Confederation (COPARE) decided to go away from automatic qualified slots and instead run qualification for Pan American Rowing events through a qualification regatta.
Both the United States and Canada worked with COPARE, PASO, and FISA to try and find a resolution that would delay this new requirement until 2023, so there would not be a burden to competitors and allow time for the Pan American rowing program to reflect gender equity and parody amongst all events. Unfortunately, the proposed solutions were not passed, and the result is that there will be a Qualification Regatta for slots in the 2019 Pan American Games.
This Qualification Regatta will take place November 29 – December 2, 2018, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The posted Pan American Selection Procedures reflect the process that will be used to identify athletes and boat classes that will need to compete in Rio on those dates.
Any athlete that chooses to participate at the Pan American Qualification Regatta in Rio de Janeiro will need to cover his or her expenses. Because of this burden, the selection procedure grants the athlete and boat classes that qualify for the Pan American Games in Rio to be named directly to the 2019 United States’ Pan American Games Team in that event. USRowing is continuing to look into options regarding equipment and lodging to try and reduce the cost for participating athletes and will continually update this information as plans are solidified. Athletes that qualify for the 2019 Pan American Games Team through their results in Rio will have no cost at the Pan American Games in Lima as part of Team USA.
The trials event to name the athletes that will have the right to participate in the Pan American Qualification Regatta will take place August 20, 2018 at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. as outlined in the posted selection procedures.
The 2019 World Rowing Championships is the main 2020 Olympic Qualifier and is scheduled for August 25-September 1 in Linz, Austria. This is the priority event for the senior national team in 2019. The 2019 World Championship Selection Procedures may have trials events or naming dates that would conflict with the 2019 Pan American Games competition dates.
Any interested participants that have questions regarding the procedures or process, please contact:
Matt Imes – High Performance Director