It is with great regret that the International Canoe Federation announces today the cancellation of this month’s Stand Up Paddling World Championships in Portugal.

Unfortunately the ICF was left with no choice following the local Portugal court challenge led by Portuguese surfing and the International Surfing Association against the Portuguese Canoe Federation.

While there was no threat to an ICF World Championships being held at the same venue, the decision by the court against the Portuguese Canoe Federation meant the event license could not be obtained locally to ensure safety of the athletes.  Therefore, the ICF has seen it prudent to cancel the event.

The ICF is currently examining other options for a SUP World Championships this year, with several countries already making contact and expressing interest in hosting an event and we will examine all options.

The ICF had hoped to stage a world-class event at a stunning venue which would benefit athletes from all over the world.

The decision to cancel this event has not been taken lightly. With close to 200 athletes from more than 40 countries having already registered to compete, along with volunteers, sponsors and organizers, this court decision has impacted a lot of people.

However the ongoing campaign by the ISA and its national members has left hundreds of people disappointed in this case. The ICF can assure the SUP community it has done everything possible to enable this event to take place, but ultimately the determination of the ISA to prevent paddlers taking to the water has prevailed.

A decision on a new SUP World Championships will be announced in the coming weeks.


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