As already confirmed this year promises to be a standout year with the eagerly awaited Continental Championships. The series will serve as a platform for teams to assert their dominance and vie for...
The lush greenery of Costa Rica the Linda Vista section of the Rio Pacuare served as the breathtaking backdrop for the second stage of the Costa Rica's National Championships. This challenging stretch...
Last week, the Arouca Rafting Summit in Portugal concluded with a spectacular finale, bringing together 200 participants, including students, river enthusiasts, and individuals with visual impairments....
After successfully hosting the last Olympic Games in 2016, Rio de Janeiro will host Pan-American Master Games in September 2020 and rafting (R4) has been included in the programme thanks to the collaboration between Brazilian Rafting Association, Brazilian Canoe Federation, ICF, WRF and IMGA.
United under the spirit of sport for all and promoting an active society, the IOC and IMGA signed an agreement in November 2016 (https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-steps-up-its-support-for-mature-athletes- and-signs-mou-with-imga) to strengthen their cooperation in the field of masters sports and continue to explore means to promote and encourage mature athletes from all over the world to practise sport regularly.
"I have good news" says Benedetto Del Zoppo, Sport Department Responsible of the Italian Rafting Federation (FIRAFT): the Italian Paralympic Committee (C.I.P.) recognized Rafting as an official sport by means of a Memorandum of Understanding and the next months the ParaRafting datas will be straight observed and analized by CIP. It is a historical moment, an event that will benefit the entire Italian Federation and represents an example for the other countries. Indeed the Paralympic field is a driving force for Sport in general, from the commercial team building to a new opportunity for other Para-athletes who are looking for adrenaline, fun and healty competition.
"Italy is selecting national teams through regular meetings for the the First World ParaRafting Championships ever, that will be organized in Kiev from 4th to 7th October 2019 by the Ukranian Rafting Federation and WRF" said Max Manfredi, Italian Member of the WRF Para-Rafting Commission.
National Rafting Championship of Nepal is over: on 19th, 20th and 21st
February 2019 Nepal Rafting & Canoeing Association (NRCA) organized a big
"We had circulated the message to all over Nepal and altogether 11 Teams (66 rafters) took part in the championship from different states of the nation: Nepal army, different clubs and river operator company participated and paddled together. We are very proud of this result and we're looking forward to the World Championship in June" said Mr Sudip Gautam, NRCA Secretary General.
Nepal Raft and Kayak Club Fishlin A won the National Title (results below).
"This is a great success story - from humble beginnings in recent years, the NRCA (https://www.facebook.com/Nepal-Rafting-Canoeing-Association- NRCA-1207118462718106/?__tn__=K-
R&eid=ARAeUDftkP1tUbPmBNH6ebt7tQ_bOvpocHprc65QEabaqIvm34c9nUAcc O3nklYpQfx2V10WZUmcUqaXhC1wcSy3NweAZhmQ3339vuw) has grown
from just 11 entries in their national slalom championships last year, to 27 this year! Fantastic to see our sport growing all over the world" (Planet Canoe (https://www.facebook.com/planetcanoe/videos/624641231294671/))
The results of the 7th National Kayak Slalom Championships are available on Planet Canoe (https://www.facebook.com/planetcanoe/photos/pcb.101561272032538 type=3&theater).
2019 Senior Worlds is set to be another amazing event.
Please be aware the schedule may still change slightly, depending on TV requirements, and also the number of entries received for the event.
Read Bulletin 2 (https://www.worldraftingfederation.com/component/edocman/tunceli-senior- world-championships-bulletin-2/viewdocument?Itemid=)
On 8th March 2019 the International Federation for Sport Officials (IFSO) was created in The Hague (Netherlands). The first general assembly took place at the Peace Palace, the headquarters of the International Court of Justice. The World Rafting Federation, represented by President Danilo Barmaz, was present as a founding member.
In 1987 the French Multisport Officials Association (FMOA) or l’Association Française du Corps Arbitral Multisports (AFCAM) was created by 12 French Federations of different sports. Now, 32 years later, institutions, among which several international sport federations and national Olympic Committees, including International University Sport Federation (https://www.fisu.net/news/fisu-becomes-founding-member-of-international- federation-for-sports-officials) (FISU), Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF), International Sport School Federation (ISF) and an observer for the IOC, decided to create a worldwide federation exporting this model.
Mr. Patrick Vajda, the IFSO newly-elected President, declared: "It may seem surprising to mix so many different sports activities, but on reflection, one quickly understands that the problems arising in refereeing are the same regardless of the sport practiced!
- The notion of respect is a fundamental element often forgotten.
- The referee and the judge are “actors” in the sporting competition, whatever the sport. This word actor is crucial, since we are the only ones together with the athletes to have a direct impact on the result of the competition, not only through our presence on the ground but also through the result obtained by applying the basic respect for ethics.
- Protection of the referee and the judge by means of a recognized status is also a crucial question, since if we are not athletes; neither are we managers or elected people. Consequently a special status is required.
- Availability is a difficult subject for non-professional referees and judges (more than 97% of the referee population)
- Training, beyond the sport practiced, has an essential common core on
subjects as distinct as communication, poise, general behavior, stress etc. Though there are sports that are more or less complicated or more or less athletic for the referee, the role is always a major one. This is why it is essential to respect and to protect the person taking this role!"
After the election of the president and the 10 members of the board, the present authorities started discussing about the axis of developement of this important project including the increase in the number of members (many other Federations are waiting for a decision of their board), the recognition by the sport institutions (expecially the IOC and the GAISF) and the promotion of the gender equality in the particular world of judges and referees.
The President Barmaz completely agrees with the aim of the IFSO foundation that represents another important step for our sport: it is an opportunity to come together on a global scale in order to share different good practices and develop ideas that will benefit the entire sport community.
AFTER THE SUCCESS OF THE FIRST WORLD RAFTING CHAMPIONSHIP IN ITALY, LAST JULY, TUNCELI WILL HOST THE SENIOR WORLD CHAMPS: TURKEY 2019.
After several discussions about the uncertain situation in Sort (Spain) due to force majeure, the Executive board, bearing in mind the positive reaction that the Turkish organizing Committee is creating by building a withewater stadium and by hosting international teams for free of charge, voted to convert the Tunceli World Cup into the World Rafting Championship of 2019 thanks to the strong support of the WRF Vice-President Yardimci.
Teams from all over the world will paddle from 8th to 13th June in the rugged heart of Eastern Anatolia: the 3rd level river Munzur will be in flood, offering not only an amazing natural scenario that is now covered in snow but also a new semi-artificial course for RX and slalom that will be on 11th and 12th June, after the traditional downriver on 10th, the day after the opening ceremony.
"We are sure that the Turkish Federation and the Local Organising Committee, thanks to the strong support by the Local Authorities, will host an excellent event that will reveal the successful collaboration between WRF and Turkish Federation that since the beginning of the year is already working hard in every Rafting field from the training of its athletes, who took gold in many categories in the last years Championships, to the organization, the formation of
professional technicians with workshops for guides and coaches, applying the WRF Training Programme, and the building of facilities that will host rafters from all over the world, as happened the last year in Dalaman for the international test competition" said the WRF President Danilo Barmaz.
"We are putting lots of effort, dedication and planning into this event so we can welcome you all with warmth and affection to beautiful Tunceli and deliver a well organized event in the middle of nature." With these words the Turkish Federation President and WRF Vice-President Fikret Yardimci warmly and proudly invites all the Nations to partecipate and discover the city, where the event manager Murat Ali Alaç will guarantee a big and unique event.
The official Bulletin 1 of the event is already published at the following link (https://www.worldraftingfederation.com/world-championships).
Turkish Rafting Federation and World Rafting Federation are glad to announce that Turkish Airlines has been appointed as official partner of WRF Senior World Championship 2019 that will be held in Tunceli from 8th to 13th June.
The event is a great opportunity to show the results of the first year of WRF: an
important meeting for the Federations Board, the first international experience for new members and a big race that will see estabilished teams from all over
the world compete to conquer the title of World Champs in this historical period for Rafting.
The accomodation is free: room and board will be offered by Turkish Federation and discounts on Turkish Airlines flights for National Teams are now available.
How to get the discounts? (https://www.worldraftingfederation.com/docs- 2/turkish-airlines/viewdocument)
During the closing ceremony on 13th June in Tunceli, Turkey, the French Rafting will be present not only with teams, but also with the FFCK delegation, to receive the WRF flag: indeed, the Executive Board of the World Rafting agreed that France will host the 2021 Senior World Championships in June in L'Argentière-la-Bessée, where the WRF Centre of Excellence (https://www.worldraftingfederation.com/news-wrf/145-ffck-and-wrf-open-the- new-centre-of-excellence-in-l-argentiere-la-bessee) has been inaugurated 2 weeks ago.
In the middle of the Alps, athletes from all over the world will paddle in Durance river where the agonistic field of rafting is borning in these days promising something big that, bearing in mind the whitewater French results in the Canoe
World, is almost guaranteed.
The first WRF Pan-American will be held in the Rio Fuy (Chile) in November 2020, whereas the 2022 edition will be organised in Brazil in Santa Catarina in November.
Brasil Rafting Association has agreed to step aside for two years in its pursuit of staging the WRF Pan-American Championships, the Pan- America’s largest rafting event, handing Chilean Rafting Federation the 2020 Champs.
On Monday, the President of Brasil Rafting Association, Mr Willian Thomaz, and the President of the Chilean Rafting Federation, Mr Cristian Huenchuleo, announced it had reached an agreement with the WRF to host the coming WRF Pan-Americans.
Brasil and Chile were the official bidders for 2020. Earlier this month, the WRF decided to hold an unprecedented double vote for the first and second Pan-Americans to ensure two strong hosts at a
time when few other countries were prepared to take on the cost of staging the event.
The agreement will need to be ratified by WRF Executive Board members at the first working meeting, but that session is expected provide the necessary rubber stamp.
Both the Federations delegations expressed their excitement at the decision to award their cities the Pan-American Championships.
“In the coming year we will prepare the event with all our energy” Mr Cristian Huenchuleo, President of the Chilean Rafting Federation, said.
“It is hard to imagine something better. Ensuring the stability of the Pan-American Championships for the athletes of the continent for the next 4 years is something amazing,” Mr Massimo Desiati, WRF Executive Board member said.
“We are ready to collaborate with Mr Huenchuleo and the Chilean Rafting Federation for the success of the first WRF Pan-Americans” said Ms Rebeca Fernandes, Vice-President of the Brasil Rafting Association, “this is a win-win-win situation for Brasil, Chile and the entire rafting
"These are two great rivers from two great countries with a great rafting history” said WRF President, Mr Danilo Barmaz, "both cities are very enthusiastic about the Champs and are promoting the WRF spirit in a fantastic way."