International Canoe Federation awards Super Cup hosting rights to Oklahoma City

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The International Canoe Federation has announced that its third annual canoe sprint Super Cup will be held in Oklahoma City, USA.

The race will mark the first major canoe event after the conclusion of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and as such will be the first edition of the Super Cup to feature both Olympic and world champions in the sport. 

As well as inviting the top-ranked canoe sprint athletes in the world to compete, the ICF will open the event to a small number of wild card entrants, available for local athletes.

The capital of Oklahoma state follows Barnaul, Russia, and Linyi, China as host of the event, and racing in the city will take place at night, under lights set up along the banks of the Oklahoma River.

The Super Cup is set to be televised live around the world, with Eurosport in Europe and NBC in America showing the race as part of existing rights agreements with the ICF.

ICF secretary general, Simon Toulson, said: “After hosting Super Cups in Russia and then China, it made a lot of sense to take the 2020 version to the United States, so we were particularly thrilled when Oklahoma City expressed interest in hosting the event.

“We are always looking at new ideas to further improve our event and are excited to be racing under lights in Oklahoma. It opens up all kinds of possibilities for our live television coverage and to add to the enjoyment for the athletes.”