That trickle-down from Philadelphia's bid for the 2016 Olympics has floated another event to the city's doorstep.
Philly's sports congress will announce today that FISA, the International Federation for the Sport of Rowing, will hold its next meeting here from Nov. 5-7, 2009. About 250 representatives from the organization are expected to attend.
This becomes the first international event that the sports congress, through its office of Olympic Opportunities, has secured since launching its bid last winter. Perhaps as significant is the fact that FISA's chairman, Denis Oswald, is an influential member of the International Olympic Committee who is presently a member of its executive committee.