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Rowing opts out of 2015 European Games program

July 15, 2013

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The governing body of rowing has rejected an invitation to join the inaugural European Games program in 2015.

The rowing body, known as FISA, says it made an “extensive investigation” in host country Azerbaijan but found inadequate training facilities.

The European Games is a combined continental championships project by the European Olympic Committees Association, though some major sports like athletics and swimming are uncertain about joining.

FISA says its officials found problems in Mingechevir last month, “including the flow in the river, insufficient accommodation and its position for international access, 300 kilometres (186 miles) from Baku.”

FISA says a second option on the capital city’s outskirts could not be completed before the June 2015 event.

FISA says “there are good prospects” for rowing to join in 2019.

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