The International Canoe Federation has praised Tokyo 2020 Olympic organisers after a visit to the planned slalom, sprint and paracanoe venues.

Development of the whitewater venue and the sprint course are on schedule and are expected to be completed by the June deadline.

“We can see significant changes and developments for both venues since our last visit,” ICF secretary general, Simon Toulson, said.

“We can really see the waterways taking shape. We left Tokyo confident both the Sea Forest Waterway sprint and paracanoe venue and the Kasai Canoe Slalom venue will be world class.

“Our athletes, officials and spectators are going to be very happy with the facilities and the course.”

The Sea Forest Waterway is located in the Port of Tokyo, less than 30 minutes from the centre of the city.

The slalom venue is in the Kasai area, less than 25 minutes from Tokyo central.

Both venues will be maintained after the Olympics and Paralympics, providing a fantastic legacy for Japanese water fans and athletes.

For the first time the ICF joined with FISA, world rowing’s governing body, for an inspection of the Olympic sprint and rowing venue.

“This is a continuation of our close relationship with our friends at rowing, as we look to ensure our sports are presented in the best possible light at Tokyo 2020,” Toulson said.

“Our partnership has the potential to lower costs for the Games organisers, as we have already identified common areas where we can share resources.”

The test event for canoe sprint will be held at the Sea Forest Waterway in September, while canoe slalom athletes will test out the Kasai slalom course in October.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe Venue


Canoe Sprint
Canoe Slalom