About the International Canoe Federation

ICF Structure

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) is a membership organisation that is responsible for the global sport of canoeing and comprises of five Continental Associations (CA) and 164 National Federations (NF). The ICF is the recognised international body for paddle sport and has representatives for nine (9) separate disciplines on its Board.

The ICFs bi-annual congress, which is comprised of voting delegates from each of the NFs, is the supreme authority and is where rules, governance decisions and elections for the President, Vice Presidents (3), Treasurer (1) and Standing Committee Chairs (11) take place. The term for each of the ICF elected positions is four years.

The appointed President is the chairperson for the Congress, Board of Directors and Executive Committee. The Board of Directors is collectively responsible for the strategic direction of the sport, whilst the five (5) members of the Executive Committee ensure the decisions of the Congress and Board of Directors are implemented.

The five continents (Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania) are also represented on the ICF Board with each electing Continental Representatives and a President during their respective Continental Congress.

In addition to the ICF Board of Directors, the nine (9) disciplines each have technical committees responsible for rules and international competition delivery – for example world championships and world cups. There is also an Athletes' Committee and Medical and Anti-Doping Committee.  These committees are collectively referred to as Standing Committees(11).

For additional information regarding the ICF structure, please refer to the organogram. Roles and responsibilities are outlined in the ICF Statutes.
ICF President - José Perurena (ESP)

ICF President José Perurena (ESP) developed a passion for canoeing from a young age and has raced kayaks at every level. A fierce competitor he made his mark in the K1M, K2M, K4M events receiving the accolade of national champion in each of those categories. It was in the K2M 1000m that he excelled in claiming first place in the K2M 500m and K4M 1000m at the International Regatta Milan, Italy. The highlight of his sporting career was undoubtedly making the Spanish Olympic K4M 1000m team for the 1968 Olympic Games.

After retiring from elite sport Perurena entered the emerging market of Information Technology, however, he still maintained a strong link to the sport, often in voluntary positions within the Spanish Canoe Federation. A qualified Canoe Sprint coach; Perurena also chaired the Athletes Commission of the Spanish Olympic Committee and became the Vice President (1976-1884) and then President of the Federation (1984-2000). Following his success at the national level he gained a position on the international scene as the ICF Technical Delegate for Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom at the Atlanta and Sydney Games.

After the Sydney Games Perurena joined the ICF as Secretary General (2000-2004) and after the Beijing Games became ICF President (2008). Since taking over the ICF he has overseen several key initiatives such as the inclusion of Paracanoeing into the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games as well as the TV and Broadcasting deals that have enabled the sport to progress globally.

Most recently, Perurena won a third term as ICF President following a vote of confidence at the XXXVI ICF Congress in Baku, Azerbijan late November 2016.

The Spaniard, who stood unopposed, spoke passionately about his vision for the future of the sport and demonstrated his ability to deliver organisational change with his proposed new governance structure gaining the backing of his peers. (read more)

In 2011 Perurena also became an International Olympic Commitee (IOC) Member and has been active on several key committees – Women and Sport (2012-2014), Entourage (2014-2015), Olympic Programme (2014-) and Member of the Board of Directors of Olympic Channel Services (2015-).  His position as one of the world’s top sports administrators was further underlined in 2014 when he was elected as President of the International World Games Association (IWGA).

– Letter of congratulations from IOC President Thomas Bach following confirmation of third-term at the 2016 ICF Congress in Baku, Azerbaijan (download)

ICF Board of Directors and Executive Comittee

* All members of the Executive sit on the ICF Board of Directors

ICF Board Members

Asian Canoe Confederation

Confederation of African Canoeing

European Canoe Association

Oceania Canoe Association

Panamerican Canoe Federation

ICF Standing Committee Board Members

ICF Standing Committees


ICF Canoe Sprint Committee

  • Frank Garner (CAN) Chair   
  • Dr Jens Kahl (GER) Member
  • Alison Harris (NZL) Member
  • Charles Luckman (USA) Member
  • Toshihiko Furuya (JPN) Member
  • Miroslav Haviar (SVK) Advisor
  • Narciso Suarez Amador (ESP) Advisor

ICF Paracanoe Committee

ICF Canoe Slalom Committee

ICF Wildwater Canoeing Committee

ICF Canoe Marathon Committee

ICF Canoe Polo Committee

  • Greg Smale (GBR) Chair
  • João Botelho (POR) Member
  • Dion Chen (HKG) Member
  • Eva Lindmark (SWE) Member
  • Mario Perez Lopez (ESP) Member
  • Duncan Cochrane (AUS) Advisor
  • Jacques Webbers (NED) Advisor

Read here for canoe polo committee roles and contact details

ICF Dragon Boat Committee         

  • Dr. Wai-hung Luk (HKG) Chair
  • Melinda Patyi (HUN) Member
  • Ulrike Schreck (GER) Member
  • Elena Iskhakova (RUS) Member
  • Dr. Howard Chen (USA) Member

ICF Canoe Freestyle Committee

  • Lluis Rabaneda I Caselles (ESP) Chair
  • Jeremy Blanchard (AUS) Member
  • Terry Best (GBR) Member
  • Magnus Karlsson (SWE) Member
  • Stephanie Viselli (USA) Member
  • Ned Poffenberger (USA) Advisor

ICF Ocean Racing Committee

  • Mario Santos (POR) Chair
  • Rob Jenkinson (AUS) Member
  • Colin Simpkins (RSA) Member
  • Charles Villierme (THI) Member
  • Michele Eray (USA) Member

ICF SUP Commission

  • Thomas Konietzko (GER) Chair
  • Andrej Kraytor (RUS) Member
  • Tim Hornsby (USA) Member
  • Olaf Schwarz (GER) Member
  • Ernstfried Prade (GER) Member
  • Sheila Palermo (ITA) Member
  • Rami Zur (USA) Member

ICF Medical and Anti Doping Committee

ICF Athletes Committee

  • Tim Lodge (GBR) Chair, Paracanoe Representative
  • Jessica Fox (AUS) Canoe Slalom Representative
  • Alexander Slafkovsky (SVK) Canoe Slalom Representative
  • Krisztina Fazekas (HUN) Canoe Sprint Representative
  • Yurii Postrigai (RUS) Canoe Sprint Representative
  • Amanda Reynolds (AUS) Paracanoe Representative
  • Claire O'Hara (GBR) Freestyle Representative
  • Hayley Jo Nixon (RSA) Marathon Representative
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ICF Headquater Staff

National Federations

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IOC Code
Country
National Federation
TRI
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO CANOE/KAYAK FEDERATION

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

IOC CODE
TRI
Full Name
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO CANOE/KAYAK FEDERATION
Address
WILLIAMS BAY
PO BOX 6363 CARENAGE
CHAGUARAMAS
Phone
(GENERIC) 868 - 680-6244
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TUN
TUNISIA
FÉDÉRATION TUNISIENNE DE CANOE-KAYAK

TUNISIA

IOC CODE
TUN
Full Name
FÉDÉRATION TUNISIENNE DE CANOE-KAYAK
Address
17 AV DES ETATS UNIS D'AMERIQUE, APP NO 3, 1002, TUNIS BELVEDERE, TUNISIA
BELVEDERE
Webpage
Phone
(WORK) 216 - 71 282 088
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TUR
TURKEY
TURKISH CANOE FEDERATION

TURKEY

IOC CODE
TUR
Full Name
TURKISH CANOE FEDERATION
Address
WORK
KOCATEPE MAH. MESRUTIYET CAD. NO:29/11 ÇANKAYA - ANKARA
ANKARA
Turkey
Phone
(FAX) - +903123104053 (WORK) 90 - +903123104034
President
Mr Alper Cavit Kabakci
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TKM
TURKMENISTAN
TURKMENISTAN CANOE FEDERATION

TURKMENISTAN

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TKM
Full Name
TURKMENISTAN CANOE FEDERATION
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Email
President
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UGA
UGANDA
UGANDA CANOE FEDERATION

UGANDA

IOC CODE
UGA
Full Name
UGANDA CANOE FEDERATION
Address
GENERIC
PLOT 2-10 HESKETHBELL ROAD
LUGOGO SPORTS COMPLEX
KAMPALA
Uganda
Webpage
Email
Phone
(WORK) 256 - 711 611 546
President
Mr. Ronald MUTEBI
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UKR
UKRAINE
UKRANIAN CANOE FEDERATION

UKRAINE

IOC CODE
UKR
Full Name
UKRANIAN CANOE FEDERATION
Address
WORK
42, ESPLANADNA STR.
KYIV
1601
Ukraine
Email
Phone
(WORK) 380 - 44 284 38 37
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UAE
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
UAE MARINE SPORTS FEDERATION

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

IOC CODE
UAE
Full Name
UAE MARINE SPORTS FEDERATION
Address
WORK
P.O.BOX:15,DUBAI UAE
United Arab Emirates
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President
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USA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AMERICAN CANOE ASSOCIATION (ACA)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

IOC CODE
USA
Full Name
AMERICAN CANOE ASSOCIATION (ACA)
Address
GENERIC
503 SOPHIA ST, SUITE 100
FREDERICKSBURG, VA 22401
United States
Phone
(MOBILE) 1 - 770-540-6307 (WORK) 1 - 540-907-4460
President
Peter Sloan
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URU
URUGUAY
FEDERACIÓN URUGUAYA DE CANOTAJE

URUGUAY

IOC CODE
URU
Full Name
FEDERACIÓN URUGUAYA DE CANOTAJE
Address
WORK
CANELONES 978
MONTEVIDEO
Uruguay
Webpage
Phone
(MOBILE) 598 - 99118318 (WORK) 598 - 26196745
President
Sebastian Gomez
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VAN
VANUATU
VANUATU CANOEING ASSOCIATION

VANUATU

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VAN
Full Name
VANUATU CANOEING ASSOCIATION
Address
WORK
C/O VANUATU OLYMPIC COMMITTEE, PORT VILA, VANUATA
PORT VILA
Vanuatu
Webpage
Email
Phone
(WORK) 678 - 2 32 30
President
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VEN
VENEZUELA
FEDERACIÓN VENEZOLANA DE CANOTAJE

VENEZUELA

IOC CODE
VEN
Full Name
FEDERACIÓN VENEZOLANA DE CANOTAJE
Address
GENERIC
COV.AV EL STADIUM DIAGONAL
STADIUM BRIGIDO IRIARTE
CARACAS
Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
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Phone
(GENERIC) 58 - 414 313 94 75
President
reorganizer commitee sergio R.Navarro Rovero
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VIE
VIETNAM
VIETNAM CANOEING, ROWING AND SAILING FEDERATION

VIETNAM

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VIE
Full Name
VIETNAM CANOEING, ROWING AND SAILING FEDERATION
Address
WORK
36 TRAN PHU STREET, BA DINH DISTRICT, HANOI
HANOI 36
Viet Nam
Webpage
Phone
(WORK) 84 - 37475908
President
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ZAM
ZAMBIA
ZAMBIA AMATEUR ROWING AND CANOEING ASSOCIATION

ZAMBIA

IOC CODE
ZAM
Full Name
ZAMBIA AMATEUR ROWING AND CANOEING ASSOCIATION
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President
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