The World Rafting Federation announces that the Executive Board has decided to extend the emergency measures until 31st August 2020.WRF is working on potential solutions to save the events previously scheduled...
After having carefully monitored the current Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak a joint decision by the Organising Committee and the IMGA (International Masters Games Association) has been taken to...
Over the last couple of weeks our WRF President Danilo Barmaz developed mild symptoms and tested positive for Coronavirus. His current health is gradually improving and he will spend the next weeks isolated...
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), recently declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) a "Pandemic", the quickly growing number of cases, the national actions to contain...
The World Rafting Federation announces that the Executive Board has decided to extend the emergency measures until 31st August 2020.
WRF is working on potential solutions to save the events previously scheduled for summer 2020, positioning part of the calendar to autumn 2020 whenever possible, especially focusing on the South American beginning summer, or 2021 season.
The enforced lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemia suddenly changed everyone’s programmes.
Athletes were preparing the agonistic season especially in Europe, focusing on the first competitions of the international calendar: Croatia, previously scheduled in March was planned to be the opening race, directly followed by the Gran Prix in Bulgaria, and several National teams were at the end of their winter training, ready to start outdoor.
Meanwhile many river guides will experience winter for the first time after a few years spent travelling and working in other continents, chasing whitewater during an endless summer.
“I hope every member of this worldwide rafting family is healthy, coping with quarantine with a productive and optimistic attitude and accepting the current situation as a challenge, bearing in mind that even in difficult periods there are projects to pursue, personal growth to focus on, relationships to maintain, and new dimensions to discover and appreciate” said WRF Secretery General, Matteo Benciolini.
Important communication on joint decisions concerning the impact of the COVID-19 on 2020 Sport Events
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), recently declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) a "Pandemic", the quickly growing number of cases, the national actions to contain the virus and increasing restrictions on global travel, the World Rafting Federation, the National Federations (NFs) and the Organising Committees (OCs) have been carefully evaluating the impact of this situation on all stakeholders for the upcoming events.
The health and safety of the athletes and all other participants as well as the general public are the priorities of all parties involved in the organisation of the events and for this reason the World Rafting Federation have taken the following decisions:
2020 WRF Euro Cup - Slunj 2020 WRF Grand Prix - Bulgaria International Rafting Events (in Europe and Asia)
1. 2020 WRF Euro Cup - Slunj
The WRF Executive Board, the Croatian Canoe Federation and the Kajak kanu klub "Rastocki Mlinari" (Organising Commitee) have decided to delay the "2020 WRF Euro Cup - Slunj" scheduled for 20-22 March 2020. The event will be rescheduled.
2. 2020 WRF Grand Prix - Bulgaria
The WRF Executive Board, the Bulgarian Rafting Federation (BRF) and the Organising Commitee have decided to cancel the "2020 WRF Grand Prix - Bulgaria" scheduled for 27-30 March 2020.
3. International rafting activities (in Europe and Asia)
The WRF Executive Board has decided to stop in Europe and Asia any further international rafting activity until 30 April.
On this website (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019) you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates.
Updated information on the above will be announced by 15 April 2020. All the other events are confirmed.
From 26th to 28th November the Nepal Rafting and Canoeing Association organised the 18th Himalayan Whitewater Challenge on Bhotekoshi River, East of Kathmandu. 16 teams participated and paddled the 4th level rapids of the Tibetan river (“bhoṭiyā" means Tibetan and “kosi” means river), the steepest whitewater rafted in Nepal with a an elevation source of 8012 m and a gradient of 15 m per km.
The first team to cross the finish line was KapileswarAmb, followed by Sindhu Parlatan and Balephi M Vidalaya and we’ll probably see athletes from these extreme teams representing Nepal in India at the Asian Championship of the next November: India 2020.
After having carefully monitored the current Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak a joint decision by the Organising Committee and the IMGA (International Masters Games Association) has been taken to postpone the 2020 Pan-American Masters Games, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It has been a very difficult decision, but it is paramount that the event can be held in an environment that is safe and enjoyable to all our participants from the region and worldwide.
Due to the complexity of moving an event of this size a new opening date has not yet been established. We will inform everyone of the new dates as soon as we know when the event will take place. In the meantime, we will close registrations and refund all athletes who have already paid and registered. Please note that no administration fees will be added but certain bank and transfer fees may apply.
The Organising Committee and the IMGA thank Masters Athletes, Co-organisers, Supporters, Sponsors, Supporting Organisations, Media Partners, and all our friends for your immense support towards these games so far, and express our sincere apologies towards the inconvenience caused under these unforeseen circumstances.
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!
The WRF agonistic season is open! Argentina hosted the first event of the 2020 sport season: 16 teams participated in the PanAmerican 2019-2020 Rafting Cup held on 16th, 17th and 18th November, concurrently the National Kayak Championships.
Torrentes team from Argentina won the gold with the home court advantage in the U23 Men Category, home called Ruka Choroy and Aluminé rivers (both 3rd/4rd level): Tomas Ermocida, Franco Zapata, Gaston Magaña, Arian Torres and Tomas Capelari.
The Open Men, Oper Women and Mix Category were taken by the one week old National Champions of Chile: Araucanos (Christian Huenchuleo, Matias De Ferrari, Anand Heredia Valdes and Lorenzo Gomez), Loicas (Nicole Plagemann, Tabata Araya, Yarela Munoz, Cony Molina and Camila Ortega) and Galacticos (Nicole Plagemann, Yarela Munoz, Christian Huenchuleo and Matias De Ferrari), selected at the beginning of November, seem ready for the 2020 season, especially for the Continental Championships that their country will organise next season.
Now it’s time to train, because the countdown to the Continental Champs is already started and Solkan 2020 is waiting for you all.
Over the last couple of weeks our WRF President Danilo Barmaz developed mild symptoms and tested positive for Coronavirus. His current health is gradually improving and he will spend the next weeks isolated at his place as the authorities recommend.
The World Rafting Federation community wishes him a speedy recovery.
“I warmly thank everyone who gave me support during these days” Mr Barmaz said.
“I want to speak to our athletes: please undertake to respect the provisions of the Health authorities and do not underestimate the situation and the safety regulations, for your own good and those around you. The sun will shine again and we will be back together paddling our rivers. For now we have to stay strong and stay safe".
"I also take this opportunity to wish a fast healing to the ICF President, Josè Perurena”.
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!
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!