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LEGACY

The term legacy, as it has been defined in the IOC Legacy Strategic Approach, has different meanings for different people, languages and cultures. The following definition of legacy is conceived as a tool for alignment within the Olympic Movement:

“Olympic legacy is the result of a vision. It encompasses all the tangible and intangible long-term benefits initiated or accelerated by the hosting of the Olympic Games/sport events for people, cities/territories and the Olympic Movement.”

Following up on the Recommendations of the Olympic Agenda, the IOC Strategic Map, WRF sets itself the goal of encouraging, supporting, monitoring and promoting legacy into the International Rafting Community.

The bid’s project to host a World Championship shall be strictly linked to the realization of the WRF main goals like the promotion of rafting as a healthy and educational activity for youth, development of local projects between the host National Federation and the local schools and sport clubs of the area where the WC could be organized.


To take full advantage of the opportunities that the WRF World Championship can provide, a potential host town must have a strong vision and clear objectives of what the WC, and even bidding, can do for its rafting community. The World Rafting Federation (WRF) is on hand from the outset to help cities focus on what staging the World Championship can do and to encourage them to reflect on their goals and objectives at an early stage.

The WRF will likewise need to consider also the protection of the environment through the development of specific projects and collaborations with local environmental protection associations.

Furthermore, the recent development of the sport of rafting on artificial venues, that can provide a solid financial sustainment of whitewater venues used for slalom, downriver and river safety, make the possibility of organising events shared with others paddle sport an essential factor which must be taken into account. 

The construction and maintenance costs of urban artificial whitewater venues is consistently higher than the income produced by such venues if these are only used for competition/training purposes. On the contrary, when partially used for commercial purposes, whitewater artificial venues become sustainable and can directly support competitive activity. WRF is committed to cooperate with the WC organisers to provide the best possible conditions to develop a rafting promotional activity on the same spot of the competition.

The idea that rafting also is a serious business and a way to support the sport activity by the affiliates to the national federations gained a foothold.

WRF set to launch…

01-19-2019 News

The first World Rafting Federation World Cup of 2019 will be in Tunceli, in the Central-Eastern Turkey from 8th to 13th June: 5 months left to the event and the...

President's annual report: Happy…

12-31-2018 News

President's annual report: Happy New Rafting Year Dear Friends, it is with great pleasure that I write to all of you and wish you a wonderful 2019. 2018 is getting to an end and we...

Glad to announce a…

12-26-2018 News

WRF announces that in December 2018 the Iraqi Canoe Federation (I.C.C.F.) sent the WRF membership application. According to the Cooperative Agreement between ICF and WRF, WRF approved the application of the Iraqi...

IN BRAZIL A GREAT…

12-17-2018 News

Canoe and Rafting Federations of Brazil sign a historical MoU. Interview with Rebeca Fernandes, Vice-President of the Brazilian Rafting Association.  - Rebeca, a new sport era began in Brazil, what do...

Great news from Argentina…

12-05-2018 News

WRF is glad to announce that on 24th November 2018 the FAC (Federación Argentina de Canoas) Directors Board Meeting celebrated in La Plata city signed the WRF membership application. According to the...

Successful meetings for WRF…

12-05-2018 News

XXXVII ICF ORDINARY CONGRESS Budapest – Hungary 2018  On 30th April 2018 WRF has been recognised by the the International Canoe Federation and, as an Associate Member, has been invited to...

WRF and FFCK signed…

11-25-2018 News

During the ICF Congress 2018 in Budapest Mr. Danilo Barmaz, President of the WRF, and Mr. Jean Zoungrana, President of the Fédération Francaise de Canoe Kayak signed the the Memorandum...

After Kiev Armenian NOC…

11-14-2018 News

Today (14/11/2018), the President of the National Olympic Committee of Armenia, Mr. Gagik Tsarukyan, met and congratulated the Para-Rafting Armenian National Teams on their important results achieved in Kiev during...

First gold for Belarus…

11-03-2018 News

First gold for Belarus and another successful WRF Conference in Kiev: the Para-Rafting Commission's Members, technicians, coaches and athletes defined the Para-rafting rules. Belarus is the first country that takes a gold...

Welcome Romania

10-23-2018 News

18th october 2018 - Romania becomes an official member of the World Rafting Federation. Mr. Catalin Campeanu, Responsible for the Rafting Department of the Federatia Romana de Kaiac Canoe declares: "I...

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...