ICF response to Portuguese court decision on Stand Up Paddling

The International Canoe Federation is disappointed with the ruling of the Portuguese Court of Arbitration for Sport regarding the 2018 ICF’s SUP World Championships, and the involvement of the Portuguese Canoe Federation in the event. 

While the ICF understands the decision of the Court, it is important to note it does not have any bearing on the ongoing discussions regarding the future international governance of stand up paddling.

The ICF is currently considering all available options with regards the 2018 ICF SUP World Championships. Unfortunately the biggest losers in the Portuguese court decision are the athletes that entered the event, and the hard working volunteers and staff that had already committed time and energy to this project.  

The ICF will continue to provide opportunities for these athletes, including the nearly 200 athletes from more than 40 countries that have already entered the ICF Stand Up Paddling World Championships.

One of the options being explored is a possible challenge to the Portuguese court decision. However, the ICF can confirm it has also already been approached by other countries who are willing to host the 2018 ICF Stand Up Paddling World Championships.

It is also important to understand the Portuguese court decision relates only to the management of SUP within Portugal. There are many other countries where stand up paddling is already being managed by canoe federations, and we are currently exploring several options.

Our priority has always been the athletes, and this remains the case. The ICF is also still willing to seek a compromise with ISA.

“One option the ICF remains happy to consider is to grant ISA control over all ocean SUP, while the ICF would govern inland flatwater SUP,” ICF President Jose Perurena said.

“While this is not an ideal option for either Federation, it would grant some clarity and stability for the athletes and everyone else involved in stand up paddling.

“The ICF is committed to finding the best outcome for the sport of SUP.”

The ICF will make further announcements in coming days.

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