About the International Canoe Federation (ICF)

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) is the umbrella organisation of all national canoe organisations worldwide. As the sole organisation responsible for canoe and kayak paddling sports by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it administers all aspects of canoe sport, across 10 disciplines, worldwide.

Isaquias Queiroz Dos Santos Brazil Tokyo 2020 Olympics
ICF Mission

Through our network of 171 national federations, we unite millions of paddlers worldwide. From starting to the Olympic Games, we aim to promote and inspire a global passion for paddle sport everywhere and for everyone.

Always moving forward is our motto.


Core Organisational Values

At the heart of our community is a set of core values that ensure a welcoming environment for all.

We take collective responsibility for the sport and inspire through innovation and shared purpose.

We strive for high standards in all areas of paddle sport worldwide.

Consistently acting with high ethical values, mutual respect and honesty.

Acting fairly, impartially, equally and inclusively concerning race, gender, religion, ability, age, national or ethnic origin.

We act with enthusiasm, passion, and pride, with a desire to excel in what we do.

2022 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships Augsburg Germany

Strategic Plan and Structure

Fit for Future Strategic Plan 2022-2024 

The ICF President and Board of Directors reserve the right to amend the strategic plan following the election of the new Board of Directors at the 2021 ICF Congress. 

View the organisational structure organigram.

Find out more about the structure of the ICF, and contact details for board members, committee members and staff.


Financial Audit Reports

The ICF, as a non-profit organisation, promotes a culture of good governance through transparency. ICF contracts external financial institutions to audit the accounts of ICF Treasurer and Headquarters. The contracted company inspects and reports on all ICF finances and if requested, acts as a financial adviser to the ICF Executive Committee. Below are the recent audit reports. Further, ICF has a strict EXPENSE POLICY to restrict financial wrongdoing or any exploitations.

The financial audits can be found on the finance page.



Read about the diversity and inclusion commission.

ICF Ethics Commission- forms a part of the ICF Court of Arbitration and is charged with defining and updating a framework of ethical principles, including a Code of Ethics, based upon the values and principles enshrined in the Olympic Charter. In addition, it investigates complaints raised about the non-respect of such ethical principles, including breaches of the Code of Ethics and, if necessary, proposes sanctions to the ICF Board. 

Read more about ICF Ethics Commission Chair Michael Chambers

For confidential reporting in regards to corruption, doping, harassment, or any other form of misconduct, please contact the ICF Ethics Commission Chair Michael Chambers

Contact the ICF Ethics Commission



Contact Us

Avenue de Rhodanie 54
1007 Lausanne, Switzerland

+41 (0)21 612 0290
Mon-Fri 9:00-18:00 CET


Contact details for National Federation members.