www.islandstats.com can confirm that Bermuda Olympic Hopeful Dara Alizadeh’s dream has come true.
Competing in the World Rowing Americas Olympic Qualification Regatta in Brazil, Alizadeh like all the other competitors had to make changes.
Organizing the event was a major challenge for the organizing committee during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Several restrictions affect organizers, athletes, officials, staff, and volunteers now and over the past few months.
The most recent issue happened with the regatta already underway, when the mayor of Rio de Janeiro imposed new restrictions on staging social and sports activities, forcing a last-minute change in the regatta schedule as sporting events could not be staged on the final scheduled day.
The Covid-19 Protection Plan was applied to all participants so the finals of the regatta could be advanced and staged safely, and athletes could adjust and concentrate on trying to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Going into the Final, all but one Olympic Qualifying Spot for the Men’s Single Sculls were confirmed according to the Qualification rules for Continental Regattas, with Alizadeh, and Felix Damian Potoy of Nicaragua, both in the B Final.
Alizadeh would finish 3rd, and Potoy finished 4th, with Alizadeh advancing to Tokyo to represent Bermuda.