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Seif Patwa is the Secretary General of the continental structure of the ICF: the Confederation of African Canoe. He is from Kenya and he is a strong defender of interests and opportunities for the young athletes of Africa. He also supports and demands equality in resource allocations and fair representation within ICF and other international organization for development of his core mission.
Confederation of African Canoe was founded in Morocco in 2000, by National federations of Morocco, Senegal, Uganda and South Africa. The Present Board Members are from Sao Tome, Kenya, Djibouti, Somalia and Nigeria.

We spoke with him about his great work for the development of the paddle sport in Africa.

Who is Seif Patwa?
My background is mainly in sports of Sailing, Rowing and Canoeing as athlete and coach, but also as National, Continental and International Sports Executive, Sports Scientist and Manager of Kenya's Olympic teams in Rowing and Canoeing .
I discovered Rafting approximately 30 years ago in Kenya, on Tana River, thanks to the commercial company Savage Wilderness; after that we joined hands with Savage Wilderness in order to start Canoe Slalom there. After Kenya I have helped about 15 other African countries to start Canoeing and Rowing, in my role as Secretary General of the Confederation and as a Lecturer and Trainer in Sports science and Canoeing .
I have trained to level of Masters Degreee/Diploma in Sports Management/Sports Sciences and Olympic Studies.

What does the World Rafting Federation instead of IRF mean for the CAC and the ICF?
CAC has no contact with IRF. However Kenya National Federation made a contact with IRF, but the response was lukewarm, not enthusiastic or welcoming.
WRF is a new arrangement, we have to wait and see how this relationship will develop. Unfortunately previous arrangements betwenn ICF and other disciplines such as Dragon boat and Sup have had some difficulties. However we believe Rafting presents a new opportunity for National Federations of Africa to grow and could be a new "product" to attract sponsorship and develop future youth teams. Rafting also has an element of excitement and suspense that could be interesting for television and spectators.

Mr. Patwa, what are the conditions of the national federations in African continent?
We have different conditions of our National Federations, some are inactive, others are at begginer stage and some are very active. However most Federations need Equipment and High level Coaching education.

Rafting can represent a tool for facilitating young people's access to the labour market and implement the dual career goal for the ICF athletes. What is the connection between the commercial and the agonistic world in the African rafting? 

Commercial rafting is the main activity, but some competitive rafting is emerging in Uganda and Kenya and possibly South Africa and Zambia.

How are Canoe and Rafting Federations connected in Africa?
There is no connections as far as I know. New connections and linkages have to be made, in order to develop Rafting in Africa.

What are the present condition (from agonistic, ecological,... points of view) and what about the developement of this sport?
African rafting certainly has the potential to be popular, however, without Equipment, Guides and Trainers it cannot be very famous now. Moreover the main issue facing African rivers is constructions of dams that block the river and erosion of soil, so many rivers require to be saved by planting trees on the banks or building gabions.
The most important events of the year are African Canoe Sprint Championships, African Junior and Under 23 Championships, African Beach Games and African Games. We have White and Blue Nile, Zambezi, Congo, Limpopo, Niger, Tana, Athi, Sondu Miriu, Ruvuma, Organge River,... some of the biggest rivers in the world with various conditions of rafting from beginners to advanced, so, potentially, big opportunities. Indeed rafting is developing and there will be new chances for young athetes: we'll consider WRF and the Olympic project.

Tunceli and Turkish Federation…

10-07-2018 News

Yesterday (7th October) the World Rafting Federation (WRF) and the Turkish Rafting Federation have signed an important agreement for the development of "WRF Training Program for raft and coaches" in Turkey.  According this...

WRF launches its Training…

10-04-2018 News

WRF has launched its Training Programme for Raft Guide & Coaches. The Programme is the result of the WRF Commission’s work started in Kosovo during the week of WRF World Cup...

WRF is excited to…

09-29-2018 News

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Chilean athletes lining up…

09-04-2018 News

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ERDOĞAN MEETS THE TURKISH…

08-24-2018 News

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WRF Pararafting Sport Categories…

08-20-2018 News

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Armenian Minister of Sport…

08-14-2018 News

After the World Rafting Championship settled in Italy from 21st to 24th of July the President of the Armenian Rafting Federation and the Rafting.am club met Mr. Levon Vahradyan, Minister of Sport...

U23 & Juniors Worlds…

08-01-2018 News

U23 & JUNIOR WORLD RAFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018: AN INCREDIBLE FIGHT TO CONQUER THE WORLD TITLES  Villeneuve and Ivrea has hosted 40 teams competing in the 3 World Rafting Federation disciplines: downriver, slalom...

TIME TO SLALOM RACE

07-23-2018 News

The second race of these World Championships is over. Today, in Ivrea, the athletes performed in the Slalom race discipline on the Dora Baltea River. 25 teams tested the water...

ITALY DOMINATES DOWNRIVER IN…

07-23-2018 News

This morning competition was a bit hard because of the river condition. For this reason and the strength of the water, some athletes got to the end of the course...

OPEN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

07-22-2018 News

The first day of official trainings, prior of definitive races, came to an end.  The athletes enjoyed the day without rain, which went better as the hours were passing by. Paraphrasing...

Best in the world…

07-18-2018 News

07.18.2018, Ivrea - The most important event for the world of rafting is everyday closer: the World Rafting Championships for the categories Junior and U23, which will be held in...