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After the 2020 agonistic season that has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are all trying to overcome this rough period. A good starting point is Good Governance, a collaborative process of decision-making. Mr. José Perurena López answered our questions, focusing on his view on Good Governance through the implementation of decisions in international organisation.
Mr. José Perurena López is a former Olympian from Spain; he competed in the 1968 Mexico Olympics as a sprint canoeist. He is the President of the International Canoe Federation since 2008 and the President of the International World Games Association since 2014. In 2011 he became a member of the International Olympic Committee and he supports the WRF development from the beginning. (Spanish version below)
President Peruena, according to your experience, what is the Good Governance in sport? What does it mean to the athletes?
First of all, it is fundamental to bear in mind that the good governance is essential for the future of every sport; nowadays the society would not accept a sport without transparence and good governance: a federation in the only hands of one president and the absolute control of him and his board are wrong, counterproductive and anachronistic. In my opinion a sport manager should not remain in office for more than three terms, otherwise the presidency has no return; indeed the International Federations that do not implement the good governance have no future.
The central core of good governance are the athletes. It is one of the main objectives of the IOC Agenda 2020: the athletes must be present in every governing body of the International Federations, bearing in mind their rights and duties.
Why should it be necessary to apply such principles at this time?
Because the society demands and needs these principles. Our lifestyle is changing, the sport activity is often included in the daily life. This demand comes from the social nets, the media and the resulting increase of interest from the athletes who ask for a more direct control of their activities. It is therefore necessary that good governance and transparency play a key role in every organisation, including the sport federations.
What is a National Sport Governing Body (NGB) in sport? What is the hierarchical organisation of sports at the national level?
We have to specify that national federations are the governing bodies of international sports at the national level and are ruled by the statutes of their International Federations; therefore, they have to implement good governance and transparency plans on the local territory.
For a national federation to be a member of an International Federation, it must be a single association recognised by the Government of the country or by its National Olympic Committee.
Which organisations should be recognised by International Federations? Do you think that countries which do not have a NGB should have the right to vote for the governing bodies of worldwide federations?
International Federations are independent and autonomous organisations that have their own statutes and all the National Federations that want to join have to be subject to their standards. Therefore, only the National Federations that are recognised by their Governments or National Olympic Committee and are oriented exclusively to sports practice can be recognised.
I believe that National Federations that do not comply with the statutes of International Federations should be separated from all the international activities until they adapt to them, either due to pressure from their associates or their Government: the most important thing for a sport worldwide is its independence.
The International Federations are independent organisation with their own rules; these rules are mandatory for all the National Federations under their umbrella and the International Federations, in turn, are subject to the statutes of the organisations to which they are affiliated, such as GAISF and IOC; therefore if good governance has been developed by these organisations, international federations have to adapt to their statutes, including good governance and transparency.
Does implementing a range of good governance principles positively affect organisational performance? How?
Yes of course, it affects directly. GAISF is working on a directive with regard to the implementation of good governance in every international federation. We have deadlines to adapt to our statutes and those who do not implement good governance will not be accepted by GAISF: it is fundamental for an International Federation to include good governance in its statutes in order to be recognised by worldwide organisations like GAISF. It is an ambitious process, perhaps the biggest challenge for GAISF, but if we want to maintain the unity and the independence of the sport worldwide, International Federations must have clear rules of good governance; most of us are working to implement these rules within the deadlines marked by GAISF.
What are the biggest challenges for sports in the coming years?
In these times of pandemic it is difficult to talk about the challenges of sport in general; the greatest challenge is to overcome this pandemic. All International Federations canceled most of the 2020 events, and our aim is to get back to regularly organise events so that athletes from around the world can compete and express their ability.
I believe that the greatest challenge is to recover and help the athletes, Clubs and National Federations: this will be the great challenge of the International Federations, we have to find how to help our affiliates, there are countries that have been devastated by the pandemic and we have the obligation to help them.
What would you like to say to the rafting community about the new year 2021?
May we continue working on the development of our rafting world; you have a magnificent sport, with a splendid future, where recreational and sports activities are combined very well. I am sure that in a short time you will be recognised by GAISF and we will often see rafting in international competitions in the five continents.
¿Presidente, qué es la buena gobernanza en el deporte? ¿Qué importancia tiene para los deportistas?
Tenemos que tener claro, que la buena gobernanza es imprescindible para el futuro del deporte; en estos tiempos, la sociedad no entendería un deporte sin transparencia ni buena gobernanza, hoy no se entiende un Presidente con una junta directiva que tenga un control absoluto y no de cuenta de sus actuaciones; en mi opinión, un dirigente deportivo no debe de estar mas de tres mandatos, además, este proceso no tiene retorno, las Asociaciones Internacionales que no implanten la Buena Gobernanza no tienen futuro.
El núcleo central de la buena gobernanza son los deportistas, es unos de los objetivos principales de la Agenda 2020 del COI, los deportistas tienen que estar en todos los órganos de gobierno de las Federaciones Internacionales, los deportistas tendrán claro sus derechos y sus obligaciones.
¿Por qué debería ser necesario aplicar tales principios en este momento?
Porque la sociedad lo demanda; estan cambiado nuestros modo de vida, la actividad deportiva esta inmersa en nuestra vida diaria, esta demanda viene de las redes sociales, los medios de comunicación y también porque los atletas piden un control mas directo de sus actividades, por eso la buena gobernanza y la transparencia son necesarias en todas las organizaciones incluidas las deportivas.
¿Qué es un organismo rector nacional (NGB) en el deporte? ¿Cuál es la organización jerárquica de los deportes a nivel nacional?
Tenemos que entender que las federaciones nacionales, son los órganos de gobierno del deporte internacional a nivel país y se rigen por los estatutos de sus Federaciones Internacionales, por lo tanto, tienen que implementar a nivel nacional los planes de buena gobernanza y transparencia.
Para que una federación nacional sea miembro de una Federación Internacional tiene que ser una única asociación reconocida por el Gobierno del país o por su comité Olímpico del Nacional.
¿Qué organizaciones deberían ser reconocidas por las federaciones internacionales?
Las Federaciones Internacionales son organizaciones independientes y autónomos que tienen sus propios estatutos y todas las federaciones nacionales tienen que estar subordinadas a los mismos, por lo tanto, solo pueden ser reconocidas las federaciones nacionales que estén reconocidas por sus Comité Olímpicos Nacionales o Gobiernos y sus actividades tienen que ser orientadas exclusivamente a la practica deportiva.
¿Cree que los países que no tienen un NGB deberían tener derecho a votar por los órganos rectores de las federaciones mundiales?
Creo que las Federaciones Nacionales que no cumplan con los estatutos de las Federaciones Internacionales deben de ser separadas de toda actividad internacional hasta que se adapten a los mismos, sea por presión de sus asociados o de su Gobierno, lo mas importante del deporte mundial es su independencia.
Las Federaciones Internacionales somos organizaciones independientes que tenemos nuestras propias reglas, reglas que son de obligado cumplimento por todas las Federaciones Nacionales, y también nosotros estamos sujetos a las reglas y estatutos de las organizaciones a las que estamos afiliados como GAISF y IOC, por lo tanto, si la buena gobernanza ha sido desarrollada por el IOC y GAISF, las Federaciones internacionales tenemos que adaptar nuestros estatutos para incluir la buena gobernanza y la transparencia.
¿La implementación de una variedad de principios de buen gobierno afecta positivamente el desempeño organizacional? ¿Cómo?
Si claro, afecta directamente, GAISF esta trabajando en una directiva sobre la implantación de la buena gobernanza en todas las Federaciones Internacionales, tenemos unos plazos para adaptar nuestros estatutos, y aquellas que no implementen la buena gobernanza quedaran fuera de GAISF y sobre todo, las Federaciones Internacionales que quieran ser reconocidas por GAISF tienen que incluir en sus estatutos la buena gobernanza.
Es un proceso ambicioso, quizás el mayor reto para GAISF, pero si queremos mantener la unidad del deporte mundial y su independencia, las Federaciones Internacionales tenemos que tener unas normas claras de buena gobernanza, la mayoría estamos trabajando para implementar estas normas dentro de los plazos marcados por GAISF.
¿Cuáles son los mayores retos del deporte para los próximos años?
En estos tiempos de pandemia es difícil hablar de retos del deporte, el mayor reto será superar esta pandemia, todas las Federaciones Internacionales hemos cancelado las mayorías de los eventos del 2020, y nuestro ADN es organizar eventos para que los atletas de todo el mundo, donde puedan competir y demostrar su capacidad.
Creo que el mayor reto es recuperar y ayudar a los atletas, Clubs y Federaciones Nacionales, este será el gran reto de las Federaciones Internacionales, tenemos que buscar como ayudar a nuestros afiliados, hay países que han quedado devastados por la pandemia y tenemos la obligación de ayudarlos.
¿Tiene algún mensaje para la comunidad de rafting para el nuevo año 2021?
Que WRF siga trabajando por el desarrollo del rafting mundial, ustedes tienen un magnifico deporte, con un futuro espléndido, donde se conjugan muy bien las actividades lúdicas y deportivas, tengo la seguridad que en un plazo breve serán reconocidos por GAISF y veremos rafting en competiciones internacionales en los cinco continentes.
The WRF’s strategic objective around gender equality calls for growing female participation at the World Championship to 50 per cent. The ultimate goal is to assist in removing barriers preventing women from participating in sport at all levels. This goal is reflected also in the introduction of the mixed category for the RX discipline.
REBECA FERNANDES, Vice President of the Associação Brasileira de Rafting, is a river lover and definitely an inspiring woman. She’s working in total agreement with our movement and she sends a letter to the Rafting World in this regard.
Through many years of experience within competitive and commercial rafting, I come to present my company Mayim Rafting training for women, who has a new proposal regarding the training and qualification for women in Rafting.
Currently I dedicate myself to teaching and to the sport. The goal is to qualify the female gender through the development and adaptation of techniques in favour of the physical anatomy of the woman, to achieve her goals faster within the rafting. In my experience, woman needs physical and emotional resistance for the daily training that the activity requires.
Currently the sport and its proposed methods of qualification were developed by male gender majority.
Sometimes the mechanics creates discomfort for women in many factors such as the minimisation due to the reduction of the chest muscles and therefore the reduction of strength. Beyond that, there is the countless cases of harassment by colleagues, bullying due to clothing or simply because they are women.
Today I, Rebeca Fernandes, can see through my 16 years within the sport and international competitions, that the right moment for the strengthening of the female gender is now. I can also see that remained in the white-water world depends not only on a different qualification process, but also on a family environment, where women can feel welcome to develop their own techniques and skills without physical and moral harassment for simply having different anatomy and equipment that do not favour their practices.”
Straight forward women!
WRF is honored and proud to announce that on Wednesday 29/07, Thursday 30/07, Friday 31/07, Saturday 1/08 and Sunday 2/08/2020 will take place the 1st worldwide conference from the World Rafting Federation about training for River Guide and Coach, in l’Argentière la Bessée in France and on the Dora Baltea river in Italy.
This conference is an important step in the recently history of the WRF, the governing body for all aspect of Sport Rafting, especially international competitions, leisure and recreational rafting, and all others disciplines directly connected to Rafting.
This event will allow us to present and explain the structure of the WRF Training Programme for River Guide and Coach, in order to create a dynamic and positive relationship between the WRF members, to share practices and open debates over the training of the river guides and coaches, in the perspective to reach the WRF main goals which are the achieving common training standards for River Guide and Coach, and the international mobility for the technicians and athletes.
Regarding the specificity of the topics, this conference is destinated only to the responsible of the National Training Commission of the Rafting Federation members of the WRF, which will receive by mail the invitation and the programme of this event.
Step by step growing and performing!
From 7th to 11th October 11 Men, 5 Women and 5 mix teams took part in the Turkish Rafting Cup on the II level river Habur, located in the small town Beytüşşebap, Şırnak, in the South East of Turkey. The limited attendance caused by the current pandemic situation did not compromise a successful and promising event.
Turkish Minister of the Interior Mr. Süleyman Soylu and Minister of Youth and Sport Mr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu attended the opening ceremony and paddled on the river for the first time, encouraged by the athletes and the President of the Turkish Rafting Federation Mr. Fikret Yardımcı who declared the river Habur and Beytüşşebap ideal for developing extreme nature sports such as rafting. Considering this potential local authorities of Beytüşşebap will invest in rafting, looking forward to host a similar event in the future.
Mr. Fikret Yardımcı very satisfied with the development and outcomes of the competition, congratulates the winner teams:
Man Category: İstanbul Üniversitesi Spor Kulübü
Women Category: Tunceli Gençlik Spor Kulübü
Mix Category: Muğla'dan Sarsala Spor Kulübü
For the first time in Rafting history Para-athletes are competing in a worldwide Rafting Championships.
Today rafters from 5 countries opened the event in Kiev with the Downriver, divided in 3 categories: R4 LTA (Amputee, Class 3: legs, torso, arms can work), Open Category (Visual Impairment Class B3, Hearing Impairment - Deaf athletes and Down Syndrome) and the Mix Category that combine different disabilities to challenge the Dnieper river from a new perspective.
The fastest raft stopped the Downriver chronometer winning the Amputee Category: Viktor Potanin (Rus), Denis Iaris (Rus), Igor Shovkievski (Ukr) and Salvatore Cutaia (Ita).
With 11.08.52 seconds they had almost a minute of advantage on the Amputee Silver: the Italian team of Massimo Giandinoto, Marco Montagna, Riccardo Novella and Rosario Sperandini (12.01.29 seconds: second best time of the day).
Three Paralympic rafters and one normo athlete formed every team of the Open Category: 13.49.85 seconds took Denis Konovalov, Andrey Galdin, Oleg Romanenka (from Russia) and Egoro Baranov (from Kazakhstan) to the first step of the Category podium.
For Andjela Pavlovic and Marina Ivanovic Kiev is the second World Rafting competition: the deaf team from Serbia competed for the first time in Kosovo one month ago at the World Cup; but in Zubin Potok they paddled in the only Para-Rafting team present. Now they are only two girls participating in Kiev and this morning, with Viktor Potanin and Denis Iaris from Russia, they took the deserved gold of the Mix Category (12.29.35 seconds).
It is no more a dream, but rather a real project, a new great adventure for our Rafting World and today was only the beginning.
Tomorrow the 9 teams will paddle through the gates: stay tuned for the Slalom!
Cetina river, that flows from the Dinara mountain range to the Adriatic Sea, hosted the National Rafting Championship of Croatia on 14th-15th November. A long awaited return to the river, in compliance with the local provisions concerning the current pandemic situation, crowned the athletes who will compete under the Hrvatska flag at the WRF World Champs in France and the other 2021 international competitions.
The newly-elected President of the Rafting Committee Zdeslav Karlovac congratulated the winner team from Zagreb, Končar, on the overall victory: they got the gold in every discipline, slalom, RX and downriver, totalling 300,00 points. The silver medal went to the hosting club Cetina Raft (second place in slalom and downriver, third place in RX), while Rastočki Mlinari got the bronze (finalist in RX and third place in the other disciplines).
Mr. Zdeslav Karlovac has been declared satisfied of the general results, not only with the motivated teams but also with the whole organisation Comittee’s goal is the further development of our sport, structuring the disclosure in the clubs and raising sport performances, to achieve international results in the WRF competitions and benefit the whole river movement.
Nepal National team has been selected!
Last November the rapids of Bhotekoshi already saw many rafters paddling during the18th Himalayan Whitewater Challenge. Now, from 20th to 24th February, Nepal Rafting & Canoeing Association set up the 4th National Rafting Championship, concurrently with the 8th National Kayak Slalom Championship, on the Tibetan River. 14 teams competed in the section of the Sukute village, in the Sindhupalchok district, coming from different corners of the country including various clubs, river operator companies and the Nepal Army.
Nepal Kayak Club took the first place in the Downriver that guaranteed a second place overall to the team. With a bronze in the downriver but a gold in the other disciplines Nepal Raft & Kayak Club Fislhing A is the 2020 National Champion and the Nepal flagship for the next international competitions. Third step of the podium taken by Paddle Nepal A team.
We can’t wait to see these rafter from Trishuli river at our races: see you in India at the Asian Championship and in Slovenia for the Worlds!