How To Qualify For Rowing At Paris 2024

Rowing has been an integral part of the Summer Olympic Games since 1900 and promises to satisfy in Paris 2024. To ensure equality, Tokyo 2020 will host its second-ever event featuring equal possibilities for both men and women! Curious about how rowers can secure their spot at this iconic competition? Explore the answers to your most pressing questions regarding rowing at Paris 2024.

How many athletes will compete in rowing at Paris 2024?

As we count down to the Olympic Games in Paris 2024, 502 intrepid rowers are preparing for their moment of glory – a number that is 24 less than those present during Tokyo 2020. We have guaranteed broad participation worldwide with host country quotas and universality places (allocated one per gender) included in this figure.

In addition to the six areas above, 248 male and female competitors will compete in seven different Olympic boat classes with the following distribution: Single Sculls (58 athletes; 29 per gender); Pair (52 athletes; 26 per gender); Double Sculls (52 athletes; 26 per gender); Coxless Four (72 athletes; 36 per gender); Quadruple Sculls (72athletes; 36pergender ); Eight( 126 Athletes- 63 Per Gender) And Lightweight DoubleSculls( 64 Athletes- 32 PerGender). 

How Do You Qualify For Paris 2024?

As the host nation, France is allocated one quota for their athletes participating in both the men’s and women’s Olympic competitions. Two additional quotas will be granted to Universality Places determined by the Tripartite Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Athletes have three chances to secure the fourteen quota spots for their respective categories of boats at the 2024 Olympic Games.

At the 2023 World Rowing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, from 3-10 September, 336 athletes (168 male and 168 female) will have a unique opportunity to make it through to the 2024 Olympic Games. The competition is open to all National Olympic Committees that are members of World Rowing, with each boat’s crew having an equal chance at qualifying for their NOC based on performance quotas. Don’t miss out!

In 2023, 64 athletes (32 women and 32 men) can qualify for the continental qualification regatta in Asia/Oceania, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. This opportunity is available to those National Olympic Committees that have either not participated or qualified for only one boat at the World Rowing Championships of 2023. Four events will be at each Continental Qualification Regatta; expect confirmation from World Rowing by the end of 2022 regarding their locations and dates.

In May 2024, the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland, allows ninety-six athletes (forty-eight men and forty-eight women) to earn a berth at the Paris 2024 Olympics. All National Olympic Committees can participate in any unqualified event without limit – this is your last chance to make it onto Team Paris!

Following each qualification regattas, World Rowing will inform the respective NOCs regarding how many quota places they have earned based on their results. The NOC must then confirm that they accept these places within 14 days; otherwise, the first eligible boat among those unqualified boats will receive it instead (check out below for a timeline with all important dates).

Paris 2024 rowing competition schedule

At the Paris 2024 Olympics, fourteen unique rowing events will be featured between July 27th and August 3rd. These exciting competitions include single sculls (both women’s and men’s), pairs, double sculls, coxless four, quadruple sculls, eights, and lightweight double scull races – both for female and male athletes. Located only 39 km from the Olympic Village in Vaires-sur-Marne Nautical Stadium with enchanting scenery, this will surely be an unforgettable event!

Rowers to watch at Paris 2024

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games brought unprecedented triumphs of excitement to Ireland and Greece as both countries celebrated their first-ever gold medal in the rowing events. Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan achieved a remarkable victory in the men’s lightweight double sculls, while 24-year-old Stefanos Ntouskos dominated the single sculls event. This emotional moment will undoubtedly remain etched in history!

The Chinese athletes demonstrated strength at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, bringing one gold and two bronze medals. As we look towards Paris 2024, we expect them to continue excelling. On the other hand, Great Britain only managed a meagre two awards in Tokyo. At the same time, the U.S. shockingly went without any medals from their women’s eight teams despite pursuing a fourth consecutive gold victory.

In the medal table, France finished just one place above the People’s Republic of China, thanks to Hugo Boucheron and Matthieu Androdias, who won gold at the Olympics for their 2018 world title in double sculls. Laura Tarantola and Claire Bove – two competitors young enough to participate in Tokyo – also added a silver medal from women’s lightweight double sculls. This puts them up against Italy’s Valentina Rodini and Federica Cesarini, who narrowly beat them by 0.14 seconds for gold – making this an exciting race to look forward to coming Olympic time!

Romania’s gifted duo, Ancuta Bodnar and Simona Radis, both 22 years old, soared to the gold in double sculls. Their success is just beginning, with them likely sticking around until Paris 2024 and beyond! The Netherlands made a historic mark on Tokyo with a world record finish in Men’s Quadruple Sculls. Croatia has something to boast about–brothers Martin & Valent Sinkovic established history after bagging Olympic Gold for pairs from Rio 2016, added to their Preceding Double Scull title of the same year, creating an impressive legacy.

Rowing Qualification Timeline For Paris 2024

On December 31st, 2022, World Rowing will announce the locations of Continental Olympic Qualification Regattas. From September 3rd to 10th, 2023, Belgrade, Serbia, will host the 2023 World Rowing Championships. NOCs must confirm their quota places with World Rowing by September 15th of that same year and ensure they are utilizing those allocated quotas by September 29th.

The new quota places from the World Rowing event on October 6th 2023, will be reallocated. There are four Continental Qualification Regattas in Africa, America, Asia & Oceania and Europe, all of which remain TBD. Lastly, the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta is anticipated to occur on 19-21 May 2024 at Lucerne, Switzerland (date subject to change).

Within five days of each qualification regatta, World Rowing will communicate with the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to confirm any quota places obtained in writing. Two weeks later, NOCs must inform World Rowing whether or not they intend to utilize these allocated slots; within five days after receiving this confirmation, World Rowing is obligated to reallocate all unclaimed spots.

The Tripartite Commission will officially state which National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have been granted universality places on TBD. On June 7th 2024, World Rowing will redistribute any unclaimed quota spots if necessary. By July 8th 2024, the Paris 2024 sports entries deadline must be met. A draw meeting to determine the regatta date is scheduled for July 25th and will conclude with the start of the Olympic Games in Paris in late July, spanning until August 11th 2024.


  1. What are the requirements to qualify for rowing?

A. To be eligible to compete in rowing events, athletes must hold a current World Rowing licensed athlete status. Additionally, qualifying athletes must demonstrate that they have achieved a certain level of performance during official events and championships, as the relevant International Olympic Committee (IOC) prescribes.

  1. How can I improve my chances of qualifying?

A. The best way to increase your chances of qualification is to focus on training and competing at high levels in local and international competitions. Taking part in more events and improving your skillset will give you an edge over competitors.

  1. Are there any age restrictions?

A. All competitors must be aged 18 or above when qualifying for the Olympics Games Paris 2024 event proceedings.