Rowing was first used as a means of transport in ancient times. As an organised sport, it reportedly began in England in the 17th and early 18th centuries, leading in 1828 to the inauguration of the famous Oxford-Cambridge university boat race. By the 19th century, rowing was popular in Europe and had been exported to other continents.

Rowing has been staged at all the editions of the modern Olympic Games, except in 1896 in Athens, where it was on the programme, but stormy weather compelled the organisers to cancel the race.

 Women made their debut at the Games in 1976 in Montreal and lightweights joined the programme in 1996. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will for the first time have a fully gender equal rowing programme.  The Youth Olympic Games has always had equal numbers of events and athletes for men and women in rowing.

96 Athletes (48 women and 48 men)

Women / Men / Single Sculls / Pair



The rowing course in Puerto Madero has four lanes.


The race distance for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires will be approximately 500 metres.


Competition in each event is organised in five rounds.

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