Rowing has scored a coup by being added to the list of Category 2, "optional" sports by the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Category 2 means that rowing is now eligible to be proposed on the list of sports by prospective candidate cities in their bids for the Games.
The candidate cities can choose up to seven "optional" sports on top of the 10 required core sports that always appear at the Commonwealth Games.
There are presently 36 Commonwealth countries that have national rowing federations.
The next Commonwealth Games is to be held in Delhi, India in October followed by Glasgow, Scotland in 2014.
Rowing has the opportunity to be included in the 2018 Games, that venue has yet to be decided.