The continued growth of paddling sports in North America was highlighted by the awarding of multiple International Canoe Federation World Championships for 2026 to Florida and Oklahoma. Among the winning bids presented at an online ICF board meeting on Saturday was a proposal for a first-ever combined canoe marathon and stand-up paddle world championships in Sarasota, Florida, in 2026.
Oklahoma in the United States is already hosting a combined SUP and canoe sprint Super Cup this year. Sarasota also successfully bid for the 2026 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships, and the 2024 ICF Stand Up Paddle World Championships.
In another major blow for the American Canoe Association, the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will return to North America for the first time since 2014, with Oklahoma set to host the 2026 titles.
The 2026 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships will be held in Poznan, Poland for the first time since 2010, while another Polish city, Krakow, has successfully bid for the ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Slalom World Championships 2026. Krakow has also won the right to host the 2025 ICF Canoe Slalom Masters World Championships.
The 2024 ICF Paracanoe World Championships and Paris 2024 Paralympic Qualifiers will take place in Szeged, Hungary. Wascana Lake in Canada has successfully bid to host the 2026 ICF Dragon Boat World Championships, while the 2025 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships has been awarded to Plattling/Bavaria in Germany. This year, the ICF Canoe Sprint World Masters Championships will be held in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
The two-day ICF board meeting also approved the executive committee’s decision to suspend Russia and Belarus from all competitions following the invasion of Ukraine, and also received an update on the continued support provided to Ukrainian athletes and their families.
The board approved an updated Covid protocol for this year’s events and also unanimously agreed to join Paddle Australia on a major legacy project for the planned canoe slalom venue for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games.
About the International Canoe Federation
The International Canoe Federation is responsible for the worldwide sport of canoeing and has 167 affiliated national associations and 13 disciplines – Sprint, Slalom, Paracanoe, Wildwater, Marathon, Canoe Polo, Freestyle, Ocean Racing, Dragon Boat, SUP, Rafting, WaveSki and Canoe Veil. Canoeing has two Olympic disciplines, with sprint introduced at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 and slalom at the Munich Olympics in 1972; Canoeing also made its debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with Paracanoe. To learn more about the International Canoe Federation, visit canoeicf.com