Rowing Federation of India

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Rowing Federation of India
भारतीय रोइंग महासंघ
RFI logo.jpg
Sport Rowing
Jurisdiction National
Abbreviation RFI
Founded August 30, 1976
Affiliation Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron
Regional affiliation Indian Olympic Association
Headquarters No.7/15, Sriram Colony
Alwarpet, Chennai – 600018
President Mrs. Rajlaxmi Singh Deo
Official website

The Rowing Federation of India (RFI) (Hindi: भारतीय रोइंग महासंघ) is the central body for the game of rowing in India. It was formed on August 30, 1976 with a view to make the sport of Rowing popular in India. It is affiliated with the Indian Olympic Association and Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron.[1]


The British brought this game to this sub-continent of India and it was organised wherever suitable stretches of water were found near their settlements. The Calcutta Rowing Club, Calcutta was founded in 1858 followed by the Madras Boat Club, Madras in 1867, the Royal Connaught Boat Club, Pune in 1868, Karachi Boat Club, Karachi in 1923 and the Rangoon University Boat Club in 1923. Then ten active members from the Rowing Clubs of Calcutta and Madras, feeling a need for National and International status for the sport in India, formed the Rowing Federation of India on August 30, 1976. Since then the RFI has been popularizing the game nationwide and producing distinct players from the country.[1]


Till date the RFI has 20 affiliated state and national bodies under it.[2]

  • All India Police Sports Control Board
  • All India Universities
  • Andaman & Nicobar Rowing Association
  • Assam Boat Racing & Rowing Association
  • Chandigarh Rowing Association
  • Delhi Rowing Association
  • Karnataka Amateur Rowing Association
  • Kerala Race Boats & Amateur Rowing Association
  • Maharashtra Rowing Association
  • Manipur Rowing Association
  • Orissa Association For Rowing & Sculling
  • Punjab Amateur Rowing Association
  • Rowing Association of Madhya Pradesh
  • Sculling & Rowing Association of Andhra Pradesh
  • Services Sports Control Board
  • Tamil Nadu Amateur Rowing Association
  • Uttar Pradesh Rowing Association
  • West Bengal Rowing Association[3]


  1. ^ a b "About RFI". Official Website of RFI. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Affiliated state and national bodies of RFI". Official Website of RFI. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Bengal Rowing Club

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