Prague replaces London as host of European Canoe Slalom Champs
The European Canoe Association has announced Prague will replace London as host of this year’s European Canoe Slalom Championships.
The event, which was scheduled to take place at the Lee Valley White Water Centre in London on 15 to 17 May, was called off by the ECA and British Canoeing in March amid the spread of coronavirus.
However, the ECA said the Czech Canoe Union has now offered to stage the event from 18 to 20 of September. This is subject to the the health situation being acceptable.
The ECA is to consult with the local organisers before the Prague event to decide whether it can be classified as an official European Championships given that travel restrictions could prevent some athletes from competing.
It will not be a continental qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which have been rescheduled to 2021.
In a statement, the ECA said: “Regardless of the new venue of the Covid-19 situation will be taken into consideration, therefore ECA and organisers reserve the right to cancel the Championships. The ECA will continuously monitor the situation, opening of the borders and react promptly in coordination with the organising committee.”
Jirí Rohan, head of the Czech organising committee, said: “We are very glad that we got this chance to organise this event. The International Canoe Federation World Cup was moved to October originally, which caused us technical troubles due to planned reconstruction of the course.
“So, this event in September is much more acceptable and even more pleasant for the paddlers and fans.”
Prague last staged the European Canoe Slalom Championships in 2018.