— Published 6 April 2023

Europe wants the Worlds

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) can rub its hands together: its major events are attracting interest. At least in Europe. It has announced that it has completed the bidding process for several world championships and world cups in 2025 and 2027. For the most eagerly awaited of these, the World Slalom Championships in 2027, three national federations have submitted bids: Spain with Seu d’Urgell, the site of the Olympic events at the Barcelona Games in 1992, France with Vaires-sur-Marne, where the Olympic competitions will be held next year, and finally Poland with Krakow, where the European Games will be held next summer. The World Slalom Championships in 2027 will serve as a qualifying event for the Los Angeles 2028 Games. Another competition subject to a call for bids by the ICF is the World Sprint and Para-canoe Championships in 2027, which will also be a qualifying event for the Los Angeles Games. As with the slalom, three European cities are in the running: Plovdiv in Bulgaria, Racice in the Czech Republic and Szeged in Hungary. The ICF Executive Council will vote on the host cities at its next meeting in Budapest at the end of April.