Olympic Waters Tested at Dorney Lake
Dorney Lake at Eton, near London, was the stage for the 2006 World Rowing Championships which came to a close Sunday, after eight days of competition. Six years from now, the newly constructed rowing lake will host the rowing and flat-water canoeing events for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Over 40,000 spectators turned up for the eight-day event, as more than 1,000 athletes competed in 27 boat classes (including four adaptive rowing events for rowers with a disability). At the Olympic Games, 14 boat classes are raced.
Denis Oswald, President of the International Rowing Federation, praised the organisation and dedicated volunteers involved in the successful staging of the 2006 World Rowing Championships. “Everything here has been thought through very carefully, and there’s a very high standard of volunteers that know about rowing and are dedicated to the sport – it makes all the difference,” he told the Organising Committee.
The Games of the XXX Olympiad –London 2012 will take place from 27 July to 12 August 2012. Approximately 10,500 athletes are expected to participate in the Games with around 20,000 accredited media bringing the Games to the world.