ICF perseveres with Stand Up Paddling World Championships in China
The International Canoe Federation, the sport's governing body, today found a home for its controversial Stand Up Paddling World Championships in 2019, announcing a hosting contract with the Chinese Canoe Association.
The inaugural championships will take place in Qingdao, the venue of the 2008 Olympic Games sailing competition, from 24 to 27 October.
The ICF Stand Up Paddling World Championships will have a prize fund of $50,000.
Jose Perurena, president of the ICF, said: “This is a very important development for us, because organising a SUP World Championships requires considerable logistical planning.
“This partnership will ensure everything that is needed to make our world championships a success, including boat transport, accommodation, meals and athlete well-being, will be handled by experienced and professional personnel.”
The ICF had intended to stage its SUP World Championships in Portugal last year, but was forced to cancel the event after a court in the country ruled that the national surfing, and not the canoeing, body is responsible for the discipline.
The ICF and the International Surfing Association have been at loggerheads for two years over control of SUP, with the matter last year referred to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Perurena continued: “We promised we would be back in 2019, and today we can announce we will deliver on our promise. The 2019 ICF SUP World Championships in China is set to be an event to remember...
“The SUP community told us they were very angry and frustrated that they had been denied the chance to compete at such a big, important event because of a court challenge. We are confident the 2019 World Championships will withstand any attempt to thwart the event.”