International Canoe Federation assigns hosts for World Championships

The International Canoe Federation has announced that Dartmouth in Canada and Augsburg in Germany will host the 2022 editions of its Sprint World Championships and Slalom World Championships, respectively.

Dartmouth has hosted the sprint event two times in the past, in 1997 and 2009. Augsburg has staged the slalom competition three times before, most recently in 2003. Augsburg also hosted canoe slalom events during the discipline’s Olympic debut in Munich in 1972.

Augsburg Deputy Mayor, Dirk Wurm, said: “Forty-five years ago canoe slalom began its Olympic existence in Augsburg. In 2022 everything will be new. To stand still means regression. Our objective is not just to organise a World Championships, but to have the whole city of Augsburg celebrate this major event. Canoe slalom was, is, and will be part of Augsburg.”

Dartmouth is based in the Halifax municipality, which has promised a multi-million dollar budget for the event and a development camp for 60 athletes, as well as programs for coaches and officials.

“We have a very proud tradition in Canada, and when we were looking for a venue to represent us, we went through a very rigorous process,” Canoe Kayak Canada chief executive, Casey Wade, said. “It comes down to the people. This location is a proven one.”

The ICF has also assigned the 2022 Junior and U23 Sprint World Championships to Szeged in Hungary, with the 2022 Junior and U23 Slalom World Championships to be held in Ivrea, Italy.

Meanwhile, Ponte de Lima in Portugal will host the 2022 Canoe Marathon World Championships, Saint Omer in France will stage the 2022 Canoe Polo World Championships and Treignac in France has been assigned the 2022 Wildwater World Championships.

Viana do Castelo in Portugal has also been awarded the 2020 World Ocean Racing Championships, with the 2021 Ocean Racing World titles to go to Lanzarote in Spain.

Finally, the 2022 Dragon Boat World Championships will be held in Ternopil in Ukraine, with the dragon boat club world titles to be held in 2021 in Poznan, Poland.