Athletes from all over the world, including Germany, USA, Spain, Great Britain, Mozambique, Algeria and France, have already registered for this year’s inaugural International Canoe Federation Stand Up Paddling World Championships in Portugal. The interest from leading paddlers has confirmed the level of support for the ICF event, which will be held in Esposende, Portugal, between August 30 and September 2. With still two months to go, there have already been entries from almost 20 countries. The event will include the first ever Masters, Juniors and Inflatables World Championships.
ICF President, Jose Perurena, has also reassured all athletes and National Federations that there is no legal threat to the World Championships. “Entries continue to flood in, we have signed up several sponsors, and we already have media partners in place,” ICF President, Jose Perurena, said. “We can confirm that not only has there been no legal challenge to this event taking place, but also our strong advice is there are no grounds for any challenge to succeed. “We also want to assure all athletes there are no restrictions on their ability to compete at our event. Ultimately, we want what is best for the athletes, and that involves allowing them to compete at as many world-class events as possible without any ramifications.” The ICF will be making further announcements regarding high-profile athletes, sponsors and event partners in the coming weeks.
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