Rowing Canada Aviron has announced that it will not be sending Canadian crews to the 2021 World Rowing Cups in Europe during the lead up to the Tokyo Olympics. Canada's six qualified crews for Tokyo will remain in Canada to complete their training, while RCA "will seek strategies for sending non-qualified crews to the Final Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regattas in May/June 2021."
The RCA decision was reached by a team led by RCA's Chief Medical Officer and RCA's High Performance Operations team, "with health and performance front of mind."
"RCA recognizes and greatly appreciates the unrelenting resolve displayed by NTC athletes as they persevere through the daily challenges inflicted by the pandemic," the Rowing Canada Aviron release stated. "RCA is dedicated and committed to delivering the best possible preparation for all athletes and their podium success in Tokyo."
The biggest implications for this decision could be borne by the Canadian men's national team; as of March 2021, Canada had only qualified a single men's crew (M2-) for the Tokyo Olympics, and a possible decision not to travel to the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne in May would mean that Canada would only be represented by that one men's crew in Tokyo.
Read RCA's full release here.
Australia and New Zealand also previously announced they will not be sending crews to the World Cup regattas.