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Lightweight fours in doubt for Olympics

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/02/2017

Rowing's governing body has voted to drop the lightweight men's four class from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic programme.

In a move which will have an impact on New Zealand, world body FISA says it wants to introduce the women's four class to promote gender equality.

The motion passed in a 94-67 vote, after several Asian countries objected to downgrading the status of lightweight rowing.

If the IOC approves the proposal in July, the 14 rowing events in Tokyo will have seven each for men and women.

Opponents included China and Switzerland, which won gold in lightweight men's four at the Rio Olympics ahead of Denmark and France.

New Zealand's James Lassche, Peter Taylor, Alistair Bond and James Hunter were fifth, continuing a consistent stream of results in the class in recent years.

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