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12 Mar 2021

ICF World Championships returning to Sydney's Olympics venue in 2025

Sydney in Australia has been awarded hosting rights to canoeing's ICF World Championships in 2025, the sport's governing body announced today.

The canoe slalom and extreme canoe slalom world titles will be staged at Penrith Whitewater Stadium, which hosted canoe slalom at the 2000 Olympic Games and the ICF World Championships in 2005.

Jose Perurena, president of the ICF, said: “Returning to Sydney underlines how our Olympic venues can provide a wonderful legacy for a host city. Nearly all of our canoe slalom Olympic venues continue to host international events. Next year we will celebrate 50 years since slalom made its Olympic debut in Munich, by returning to Augsburg for the world championships.

“Penrith will also be an important host, ahead of the possibility of Brisbane hosting the 2032 Olympic Games.”

The ICF board also voted to stage the 2025 canoe sprint and paracanoe world championships in Milan, Italy.

Other events awarded for 2025 were:

  • Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal - junior and U23 canoe sprint world championships;
  • Foix, France - junior and U23 canoe slalom and extreme slalom world titles;
  • Gyor, Hungary - canoe marathon world championships;
  • Ruse, Bulgaria - world dragon boat championships; and
  • Madeira, Portugal - ocean racing world championships.

Additionally, the ICF board announced that a canoe slalom and extreme canoe slalom World Cup event will be held in 2023 at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games venue. Prague (Czech Republic), Augsburg (Germany), La Seu (Spain) and Tacen (Slovenia) will also host world cups in 2023.

Szeged in Hungary and Poznan in Poland will stage ICF canoe sprint and paracanoe world cups in 2023.