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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 July 2004, 14:22 GMT 15:22 UK
Schinias Centre
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Schinias Rowing/Canoeing Centre
Events: Rowing, Canoe/Kayak flatwater racing
Athletes: 800
Spectators: 14,000
Schedule: 15-28 August
Paralympics event: None
The purpose-built rowing and flatwater canoeing centre has had its fair share of problems in construction.

The complex is 47km north east of the Olympic Village in the Marathonas region and will host 14,000 spectators.

Based on the Sydney Olympic rowing course in Penrith, excavation began in November 2000 before water was added from the nearby Makaria springs.

The main lake is 2,250 metres long and linked to a smaller auxiliary lake for training and warm-up purposes.

A test event in August 2003 raised concerns about the timing and location of the Olympic events as the "meltemi" - notorious north-westerly winds - saw rowers tossed about and thrown into the water.

A whole day of competition had to be cancelled but organisers, who had to shelve plans to plant a row of trees because they would only protect the outer lanes, insist the conditions were not typical.





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