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Rowing at the Commonwealth Games

Rowing is an officially recognized Commonwealth Games sport (in 2010 it was upgraded from a "recognized" to an "optional" sport). There were traditional rowing competitions in 1930, 1938–62 and 1986.

Rowing has again been included in the Commonwealth Games program, in 2026 in Victoria. The rowing events will be in the form of beach sprints, the sprint format of coastal rowing.

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Beach Sprint rowing are a head-to-head elimination style of racing, with a short sprint along the beach, a 250m row, and a 180-degree turn before rowing back to the beach and sprinting to the finish line. 

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