Lightweight rowing at the KHB
In February FISA decided to comply with the wishes of the IOC to bring more balance to the ratio of female and male rowers at the next Olympic games in Tokyo in 2020. Sadly, this decision meant the end for the lightweight men’s four in the Olympic programme. Since then, many currently active lightweight rowers have had to re-evaluate their Olympic dreams.
Some have decided to make the switch to the heavyweight category, like Bjorn van den Ende, who rowed the Olympic LM4- in London and Rio and is now training in the Dutch heavyweight selection. However, Lightweight rowing is far from dead, as it is still strongly represented at national and international regattas. Last year, the Koninklijke – Holland Beker had fifteen lightweight categories, including the lightweight men’s four (which is still a World Championships event) and events like the lightweight men’s eight, and the lightweight women’s single sculls and quadruple sculls.