The picturesque Sabarmati River, which flows through the charming city of Ahmedabad, could soon become the country’s hub for international rowing events.
A dedicated course for the fascinating sport has been carved out in the waters for the 36th National Games, officially starting in Gujarat on September 29 with the mega Opening Ceremony.
The rowing events, in which 14 titles or gold medals will be up for grabs, will begin a day earlier on September 28.
The picturesque Sabarmati River, which flows through Ahmedabad, may soon become the country’s hub for international rowing events.
Ismail Baig said “The Sabarmati course thanks to the National Games will change the rowing scenario in the country, even ushering in a new era. It could also become a very good training centre for our rowers and help in encouraging the sport in a big way,”.
Ismail Baig can’t wait for the action to begin in rowing. “The water is very clean and smooth. India’s top rowers will love the course. We can hope to see some very exciting races,” he added.
Sabarmati Riverfront Venue Manager Joseph Martes acknowledged that the event, the first majo “At this location, we offer rowing, canoeing, and kayaking.” It will significantly boost water sports in the state. “We anticipate large crowds,” he said water sports competition in the state, and it’s right in the heart of the city.
Rowing competitions will be held in single, double and quadruple sculls, lightweight double scull, the eight and coxless pair in rowing.
With a number of international rowers in their ranks, Services are firm favourites. Olympians like Arvind Singh and Arjunlal Jat, who finished 11th in the Tokyo Olympics, will be among the top draws.
“A day before the competition begins on September 28, competitors will get a feel for the course. “The finals will take place on October 2 and 3.” Joseph Martes also contributed.