Ottawa, ON (April 29, 2021) – Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) announces that it will not be sending a full team of Canadian paddlers to the 2021 World Cup events. Due to the ongoing global pandemic, travel restrictions, and health considerations, all qualified boats will remain in Canada to continue training in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
CKC will seek strategies for sending only those boats that must qualify at the Final Olympic and Paralympic Qualification events in May. This decision-making process was led by CKC’s Medical Lead and CKC’s High Performance Operations team with health and performance front of mind. CKC will be sending the Para team to the ICF Paralympic Qualification in Szeged, Hungary and athletes in the Women’s K1 200m and Men’s C1 1000m to the Last Chance qualification events at the ICF Global Olympic Qualifier in Barnaul, Russia.
Once travel decisions are finalized for the Final Olympic and Paralympic qualification events, CKC will release further information, including the roster list.
CKC recognizes the resilience displayed by all the National Team paddlers as they persevere through the daily challenges inflicted by the pandemic. CKC is dedicated and committed to delivering the best possible preparation for all athletes and their podium success in Tokyo.
For information and updates on Canadian qualifications and details on Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Regattas, click here.
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Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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