Obama to pen letter voicing support for 2017 rowing championships in Sarasota

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SARASOTA-- According to Sarasota County officials, the President of the United States is supporting the Suncoast's bid for the 2017 FISA Rowing Championships.

A letter, signed by Barack Obama, is being drafted and will be sent to FISA rowing officials.

Last month, several officials with Sarasota County traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with government officials, asking for their support to help bring the Championships to Nathan Benderson Park in 2017.

Later this month, some of those same officials will head to Switzerland to present a formal bid to FISA representatives. An official decision by FISA is expected to come down in September.