GDYNIA, Poland – The International Canoe Federation has awarded its 2022 World Stand Up Paddle Championships to the Polish coastal city of Gdynia. Gdynia will represent a return to the ocean after this year’s ICF SUP World Championships on Lake Balaton in Hungary, the largest inland lake in Central Europe. The 2019 world championships were held in Qingdao, China.
Gdynia is a seaport on the Baltic Sea and impressed the ICF board with the detail of its bid and its enthusiasm for the event.
“We are very happy to join the Polish Canoe Federation and the city of Gdynia for next year’s ICF Sup World Championships,” said ICF SUP coordinator Hoichan Kwon. “We’ve had a lot of interest from cities around the world who want to host our world championships, so it’s a good position to meet up. The professionalism of Gdynia’s candidacy has given this city a big head start.
“Exciting for us, the feedback from athletes and officials on Gdynia’s choice has been extremely enthusiastic. After more than a year of very little competition, having the certainty of a site for 2022 is a real boost for our sport.
“This year’s ICF World Championships on Lake Balaton is the biggest SUP competition of 2021, and we promise an even bigger event next year.”
The ICF will confirm the dates for the World Championships and will also make another important announcement regarding the 2022 season in the coming weeks.
About the International Canoe Federation
The International Canoe Federation is responsible for the world 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 sprinting introduced at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 and slalom at the 1972 Olympics in Munich; Canoeing also made its Rio 2016 Paralympic Games debut with Paracanoe. Learn more about the International Canoe Federation at canoeicf.com