Dear all National Federations, On behalf of the Asian Rowing Federation, I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the athletes and teams that competed and, for those who were successful in their attempts, qualify for this year’s Olympic games in Brazil. The collective performance of these elite athletes at the 2016 Asia and Oceania Continental Olympic Qualification Regatta, Chung-ju, Korea gives nations and athletes across Asia and Oceania a great sense of pride. The Asian rowers that represented their countries and our continent in Korea were outstanding ambassadors for our sport. They also serve as inspiration for us by encouraging to set goals. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of those National Federations that have directly qualified for the Olympics at this qualification regatta. They are: China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. I would also like to congratulate FISA and the Korean Rowing Association on a wonderfully organized competition and to acknowledge the efforts of coaches, trainers, staff, volunteers and athlete families that have supported our athletes on the road to the Rio Olympics. You have and continue to provide our athletes with the support they need to be successful at national, regional and world competitions. Sincerely, Wang Shi President of Asian Rowing Federation
On 28 February 2016, the first round of the North-South China Masters Regatta came to a successful close in Shatian, Hong Kong. This two-day competition attracted over a hundred competitors from 14 domestic Chinese clubs and also drew a large group of local spectators to the rowing course.This round of competition was organized in accordance with international Masters rules and had the following events: M4x, W4x, M8+, which were then divided further into three classes. The course was 1000m long and a minimum age limit was enforced requiring all competitors to be at least 27. All competitors who met this requirement were sorted in one of the three categories according to their age. Asian Rowing Federation President Wang Shi not only attended this regatta, but also lead in person the International Brothers team, which was comprised of international competitors from the UK, Germany, France, and Korea, to take part in a friendly rowing race.By the end of the competitions, teams from the Deep Dive Rowing Club, Shanghai Qingpu Water Sports Youth Club and Xiamen Rowing Club each won the Masters Cup in the M4x, W4x and M8+ events respectively.