If Nathan Benderson Park is selected in August as the host site for the 2017 World Rowing Championships, the economic impact will be enhanced by the addition of also being named the site for the 2016 Samsung World Cup.
And possibly the 2018 World Masters and the 2018 World Coastal rowing events.
Paul Blackketter, Benderson Park world rowing championship bid coordinator, said the choice between the U.S. bid and one from Bulgaria will put the winner on the world map in terms of global rowing prestige. He said the world rowing championship is the big prize although all other events are big in prestige.
“They all attract international world-class athletes,” Blackketter said. “But they are not near as big a production as the World Rowing Championships.”
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The International Federation of Rowing Associations uses the Samsung World Cup as a prequalifier, he said. It helps host sites test all necessary capabilities, including television production.
If Benderson Park is passed over by the International Federation of Rowing Associations for its first world rowing championship in a decade, however, it will not be considered for the Samsung World Cup.