Canoe sprint to join Munich 2022 sports line-up

Canoeists compete at ECA Canoe Sprint European Championships 2016, in Moscow, Russia (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Canoe sprint is set to join the line-up of sports at the 2022 edition of the multi-sport European Championships in Munich following negotiations between the European Canoe Association and organisers.

Munich’s city council recently cleared the way for an expansion of the 2022 edition of the event to up to nine sports and it is understood that canoe sprint will be one of the sports added.

Canoe sprint will join a line-up that already includes athletics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon on the Munich 2022 schedule. Beach volleyball, sports climbing and table tennis are thought to be under strong consideration to join the sports programme.

The city council approval to expand the sports programme came after golf’s withdrawal from the games after the European Tour and Ladies European Tour cited scheduling issues.

It is understood that the make-up of the finalised Munich 2022 sports programme will be unveiled around the start of June.

Speaking last week, Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter said: “I am pleased that the program of the European Championships, with the resolution of the City Council, can become even more diversified than previously planned. Exactly 50 years after the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, we can thus look forward to a truly worthy anniversary event.”

Athletics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon appeared at the inaugural edition of the games in Glasgow and Berlin, along with swimming, although its presence in 2022 appears increasingly uncertain.

The Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN), aquatics’ European body, and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), its worldwide broadcast rights-holder, aligned the dates of LEN’s 2022 European Championships (August 11 to 21) with those of the multi-sports event as discussions continued.  However, Marion Schöne, the managing director of Olympiapark Munich, expressed doubts over LEN’s inclusion in February, suggesting instead that para-swimming could be included.

According to the plans laid out before Munich was awarded the event, the hosting costs were projected to be €130m ($140.4m). This would be split between the city, the federal government and the state of Bavaria.