Chungju, Korea— The 2013 World Rowing Championships will begin Sunday in Chungju, in Korea’s central region which hopes the event will help raise its international status as a tourist hub.
The World Rowing Championships is an international rowing regatta organized by FISA (the International Rowing Federation). It is a week-long event held at the end of the northern hemisphere summer and in non-Olympic years is the highlight of the international rowing calendar.
There will be 27 games including single scull, coxless pair, double scull, coxed pair, coxless four, coxed four, quadruple scull, eight light weights for male, and eight heavy weights for female.
The competition, which will continue through Sept. 1, will feature more than 2,000 athletes from 82 countries, making it the largest world championship ever. That title previously belonged to the 2011 event in Bled, Slovenia, where 68 countries were represented according to Chungju.org.