12 Sep 2017

Positive news for World Rowing Championships

7:36 am on 12 September 2017

The World Rowing Championships are expected to go ahead in Florida later this month despite Hurricane Irma ripping through the state.

NZ rower Robbie Manson

NZ rower Robbie Manson Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Local officials say the Sarasota area did not come under the direct impact of the hurricane and damage is limited.

"The area is still under movement restrictions until all services are restored and roadway damage is cleared."

The world body FISA says local staff are working diligently to ensure a safe and successful World Championships.

"The Organizing Committee of the 2017 World Rowing Championships has started a complete assessment of the impact of Hurricane Irma. The OC is in constant communication with the local and state officials to coordinate the recovery initiatives in the area as well as with the airports, hotels, transport partners and vendors.

New Zealand has 13 crews competing at the event.

1700 athletes are taking part in the week long regatta which starts on the 24th.

The New Zealand team is due to leave on Thursday.