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24/12/2016 - The 2016 Olympic year is coming to an end and all eyes will now slowly turn to the next Olympic cycle and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Because of financial problems and budget cuts the news broke out some proposed venues could change from initial plans and among those was also canoe sprint venue. The organisers considered moving canoe sprint as well as rowing events 400 kilometres away to the Naganuma rowing course in Tome in Miyagi Prefecture.
After meetings they have agreed the first proposal was better so canoe sprint and rowing will remain at the Sea Forest course on Tokyo Bay during the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The second option will now most likely serve as the training facility for canoe sprinters and rowers prior to the Olympic Games. Authorities suggest the cost of this venue could reach as much as 411 million Euros, so Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike urged the International Canoe Federation and International Rowing Federation to carry some of the burden, reports Inside the Games.
Read more: Canoe Sprint remains at the Sea Forest course for the 2020 Olympics
23/12/2016 - The World Beach Games are set to take place for the first time in 2019 in San Diego, USA, and among the sports proposed for the inaugural games is also ocean canoeing. The first games were supposed to be organised in 2017 but early this year it has been announced that the games are postponed to the year 2019 (proposed dates are between October 10 and 20). The organisers are facing budget cuts – the budget for the organisation of the event has shrunk from 124 million Euros to just 46 million Euros.What is interesting is the World Beach Games are expected to consist of 19 sport disciplines all different from those in the Olympic programme. Besides ocean canoeing San Diego is likely to host athletes in stand-up paddling, windsurfing, wakeboarding, surfing, wall climbing, basketball 3x3, beach handball, karate and jiu jitsu martial arts, beach volleyball (more likely in a 4x4 format than 2x2), beach soccer, beach tennis, beach wrestling, BMX big air, skateboarding big air, flying disc – ultimate, but also triathlon, water polo and marathon swimming. Since these sports disciplines are not confirmed yet, the programme changes are possible.
Read more: Ocean Canoeing among proposed sports for the 2019 World Beach Games
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21/12/2016 – It is no surprise that Jiri Prskavec received an award for the best wildwater paddler of the year in Czech Republic. The Czech Canoe Union awarded the best wildwater paddlers of the season 2016 in Olomuc, while another awards will take place in January 2017 including the flatwater paddlers. Coaches, officials, athletes and journalists had a right to vote and Prskavec received a total of 261 points. Martina Satkova finished second in the poll with 80 points and Vavřinec Hradilek third (60 points).
Read more: Jiří Prskavec Czech Wildwater paddler of the year
Solkan, Slovenia, hosted the 2016 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom European Championships. Now you have the chance to relive the event in picturesque surroundings of the emerald Soča River with this short video of the championships. Enjoy.
Read more: 2016 ECA Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom European Championships highlights
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ECA Canoe Wildwater ChampionshipsMay 11 - 14, 2017Skopje, MKDwww.eca2017-ww.canoe.mk
ECA Canoe Slalom ChampionshipsMay 31 - June 4, 2017Tacen, SLOwww.slalomtacen.com
ECA Junior & U23 Canoe Sprint ChampionshipsJune 22 - 25, 2017Belgrade, SRBwww.ec2017.kayakserbia.com
ECA Canoe Marathon ChampionshipsJune 30 - July 2, 2017Ponte de Lima, PORwww.canoemarathonportugal.com
ECA Dragonboat & Club ChampionshipsJuly 6 - 9, 2017Szeged, HUNhttp://www.szeged2017.com/dragonboat.html
ECA Canoe Sprint ChampionshipsJuly 14 - 16, 2017Plovdiv, BULwww.plovdiv.canoe-bg.com
ECA Junior & U23 Canoe Slalom ChampionshipsAugust 16 - 20, 2017Hohenlimburg, GERwww.em2017.holibu.de/en/
ECA Canoe Polo ChampionshipsAugust 23 - 27, 2017Saint Omer, FRA
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