A Columbia alumnus will function president of USRowing because it takes on the feat of coordinating American participation on this yr’s summer season Olympics. Nobuhisa Ishizuka, CC ’82, Legislation ’86, was elected chair of the board of administrators of the group, which oversees and regulates all American rowing groups, on March 2.
As an undergraduate, Ishizuka rowed with the Columbia light-weight rowing crew all 4 years. After graduating, he attended Columbia Legislation College, and presently works at Columbia Legislation because the Government Director of the Heart for Japanese Authorized Research. In 2018, Ishisuka was named to USRowing’s board of administrators as an at-large consultant.
“I’m honored and humbled by the arrogance positioned in me to steer this gifted board,” Ishizuka stated in a press launch. “It has come a great distance beneath the management of [former Board chair] Marcia Hooper. With the Tokyo Video games across the nook and necessary initiatives underway, I stay up for working in partnership with [USRowing] CEO Amanda Kraus and her very hard-working crew to fulfill the challenges forward.”
Ishizuka’s appointment comes practically a decade after the final Columbia rower competed within the Olympics—fellow light-weight rower Nick La Cava, CC ’09, who competed within the London 2012 Olympics within the light-weight males’s 4, an occasion that has since been discontinued.
There have been different adjustments since 2012. Most noticeably, the pandemic delayed the Tokyo Olympics by a yr. USRowing needed to set up a brand new schedule of Olympic choice and coaching, and the majority of the Olympic choice remains to be to come back for the American crew. Staff USA will look to enhance from the 2 rowing medals received on the 2016 Rio Olympics, each by its girls’s crew, on the Tokyo competitors this summer season, which options 14 rowing occasions.
All eyes will probably be on the ladies’s eight, which earned the one American gold medal in rowing on the 2016 Olympics. Though it has faltered lately, putting third on the 2019 world championships, the crew earned 10 straight titles earlier than incomes Olympic gold in 2016. For these athletes and others, Ishizuka will tackle a significant position as president in overseeing their pursuit of Olympic gold this summer season.