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Denmark and Slovakia land showpiece ICF events

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has announced that Lake Bagsvaerd in Denmark will host its Canoe Sprint World Championships in 2021, while the Slovakian capital of Bratislava is to stage its Canoe Slalom World Championships in the same year.

The exact dates of the competitions are yet to be confirmed by the ICF, while the sport’s global governing body also said that Bratislava’s hosting of the slalom event is subject to the ICF receiving the plan and budget sponsor by July.

The Canoe Sprint World Championships is staged annually in non-Olympic years and most recently took place in Milan, Italy, in 2015. This year’s event is due to run from August 23-27 in Račice, Czech Republic.

The slalom competition follows a similar pattern and was last staged in London, England, in 2015, with this year’s event scheduled to take place from September 13-17 at the Pau-Pyrénées Whitewater Stadium in Pau, France.

Meanwhile, the ICF has announced the hosts of various other events. The 2021 Wildwater World Championships have been awarded to Bratislava, but this will not be confirmed until the Slovakian capital submits plans for the slalom event.

The Italian capital of Rome was selected as host for the 2020 Canoe Polo World Championships, while the 2021 Canoe Marathon World Championships was awarded to Pitesti in Romania. The English city of Nottingham also picked up hosting rights to the 2021 Canoe Freestyle World Championships.

Elsewhere, the ICF named the Polish city of Krakow as host for the 2020 Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships, with Auckland in New Zealand to stage the same event in 2021. In addition, Montemor-o-Velho in Portugal is to host the 2021 Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships.

However, ICF opted to postpone a vote on the Junior and U23 Wildwater World Championships until its Executive Committee meeting in July.