all Russian and Belarusian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, are suspended from participation in international competitions until further notice. In response to Russia’s barbarous, unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine, Rafting Community must be fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine.
Rafting discipline in Morocco is growing, starting from Tilouguite, a small town and rural commune in Azilal Province, in a region located in the interior of the country called Béni Mellal-Khénifra. Tiloguite is crossed by Ahansal river that flows near to the Cathedral Imsfrane just before entering the village. A first formation meeting was held in February with the participation of instructors from Spain and Switzerland that certificated 12 guides.
Pre-descent with Cathédral Imsfrane in the background
From 18th to 26th April the Federation Royale Marocaine de Canoe Kayak with the support of World Rafting welcomed 35 young rafters for a second initiation stage into rafting discipline.
Following theory lessons according to the WRF Training Programme the participants, including 4 women, paddled their first descent of 9km in Ahansal river, from the Cathedral Imsfrane to the Tilougguite village.
“We warmly thank the President of the WRF Mr. Danilo Barmaz as well as Suisse contact Belabbas El Alaoui for the support to this project” said Mr El Mamoun Belabbas El Alaoui, President of the Federation Royale Marocaine de Canoe Kayak.
Mr Danilo Barmaz declared “This is an amazing beginning. WRF is proud of the great job that Moroccoan Federation is doing in the river: this is the aim of World Rafting movement and seeing new rafters approaching and loving the rafting discipline makes us happy and aware that this is the right direction. Morocco has many breathtaking natural scenarios surrounding nice water courses and a lot of potential that has already started to become an amazing reality. Last but not least, I am really satisfied to see 4 women approaching the river and enjoying it, congratulations and welcome on board!”
Welcome back to the river rafters! Training day in Bulgaria at the first Euro Cup opens the 2022 season.
After several abundant snowfall last winter on Vitosha mountains, first snow started melting and is now allowing a great water level for the competition in Kresna Gorge.
Struma river welcomed the athletes for the training this afternoon: they started with the slalom, scouting and paddling the rapids that will host the slalom and the RX tomorrow, and after the gates they paddled the 5 km section of the downriver that will be on Sunday, the last and decisive discipline.
Race days: 26th-27th March
Around 40 athletes will compete tomorrow in women, men, mix and Para-Rafting categories.
The race will official begin tomorrow at 10.00 am, local time zone: good luck rafters! The season is finally begins!
Euro Rafting Cup 2022 in Zubin Potok was supposed to be held from 29th to 1st May.
The race has to be rescheduled for later date due to technical problems on the dam that releases the water of Ibar river for the competition. The organizers will find a suitable date in WRF calendar once the malfunction is solved. We are very sorry for the unforseen delay of the competition.
The dates for the World Rafting Championship U19 & U23 are confirmed.
On April6 the International Sport community celebrates the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Established by the United Nations General Assembly and the International Olympic Committee, April6 recognizes the role that sport plays in society and its power to foster dialogue, understanding, social inclusion and peace.
In a world charged with geopolitical tensions, April6 provides the opportunity to highlight sport as a force for peace, and to demonstrate that sport can accelerate social transformation and foster the construction of inclusive and peaceful societies.
Every sport community plays a fundamental role towards social development by transmitting the educational values of sport to athletes of all ages and levels, and this often leads to meaningful stories of individuals and communities who use sport as an answer to social issues.
Athletes shaking hands in Ivrea - World Rafting Champs Italy 2018
Last year World Rafting first joined the initiative and 5 athletes shared their different and unique stories raising the White Card, a powerful symbol, followed by all the athletes who took part at the 2021 World Champs in France, spreading awareness all around the world. As a reference to the yellow and the red card in the sporting world, the #WhiteCard invites not to punish but to promote peace. WRF has been awarded the winner of the 2021 April6 Initiative of the year by Peace and Sport.
#WhiteCard at the World Rafting Champs - France 2021
Through the #WhiteCard 2022 digital campaign, Peace and Sport wishes to reaffirm that sport is a great tool for creating and maintaining links beyond all differences and that it contributes to a more united world.
This year, the mobilization was launched with a statement for peace following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and it staged the response of the sporting world.
Until April 12, the Champions for Peace who signed the statement, but also athletes from all over the world as well as civil society organizations and political figures, will brandish their WhiteCard, this symbol of peace.
4 rafters from 4 different countries paddling together #WRFamily
President and Founder of Peace and Sport Joël Bouzou,said:
“At a time when risks of division await us, I invite sports and peace actors, political leaders and representatives of the private sector, to raise their #WhiteCard as a sign of support to all peace efforts. More than ever, it is necessary to recall the contribution of sport to conflict prevention, conflict resolution and in post-conflict processes. »
World Rafting Federation, with the collaboration of its stakeholders, has launched a joint fundraising appeal to help our Ukrainian friends and members.
A first donation from World Rafting has been done on 3 march 2022 to Ukrainian Rafting Federation directly to the Ukrainian Rafting Federation. But it’s just the first step.
15 teams arrived in Arunachal, at Pasighat in East Siang district, in the Noth-East of India, to take part in the 15th edition of National Rafting Championship of India from 4th to 6th March.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated the event, in presence of Sports Minister Mama Natung, Health Minister Alo Libang, MP Tapir Gao and MLA Zingnu Namchoom. The autorities outlined that Siang river is the identity of Adi tribe, and they thanked the community for their wholehearted support in conducting the national level event.
WRF President Danilo Barmaz was there: "First and foremost I would like to thank the president of the Indian Rafting Foundation Mr Shaukat Sikand for the hospitality and the effort he is making in the developement of our sport in the country. Congratulations for bringing 4 women teams, 5 men teams and 6 mix teams: I can't wait to see these inspiring athletes at international races!"
The three Indian Army teams leaded the three disciplines of the men categories gaining all the podium:
Indian Army team B (300 points), Indian Army team A (270 points), Indian Army team C (240 points).
In the women category BSF team won with 300 points, stopping the chronometer of the downriver at 32:57.62, almost 4 minutes before the second team (36:30.89). Overall silver to Karnataka with 248 points. Bronze medal to Uttarakhand with 244 points.
Mix teams competed in the RX discipline: gold to BSF-B team, second place for Uttarakhand-B and third place for BSF-A.
Yesterday World Rafting Federation received a letter from Mr Oleksandr Bakanychev, the President of Ukrainian Rafting Federation. We kindly ask you to read the words below; we share them knowing that the people concerned, members of our community as you are, may find some support on this platform. Thank you in advance for your time.
"Dear World Rafting,
We kindly ask you to help us collect money for the treatment of the President of Kyiv Rafting Club. His name is Oleg Gordiychuk and he lives in Hostomel, a small town near Kyiv. Oleg is the coach for female sportsmen. He was a good sportsman and a member of the Ukrainian rafting team.
On 20th March 2022 his two legs were shot through in Hostomel. The first shoot hit him in the left knee; the second one into the right femur and damaged the arteria. It was an explosive bullet. After the shooting he and his his wife's son were taken captive.
Mr Oleg Gordiychuk
He stayed 30 days in Russian captivity at a concentration camp. He was left without food and medical drugs. Russians wanted to amputate his left leg. He asked about antibiotics and they did not amputate his leg. On 20th April Oleg was exchanged for Russian captives. Oleg's weight is now 49 kilos and his two legs are in a very bad condition. His wife's son Dima Yuzvak is still missing. Oleg and Dima were divided at the prison. Our entire sports community is looking for Dima Yuzvak who is still imprisoned. We do not know where he is.
We need money for the medical treatment of Oleg: his wounds are infected, and the drains endanger the wounds. This money we are asking for will be used for drugs, bandaging materials, lab and instrumental diagnostics. Medical drugs are very expensive due to the current situation and it is hard to buy them at the moment.
We kindly ask you to help Oleg. Please send this information to people who will be able to help him.
Thank you a lot for understanding
Oleksandr Bakanychev - President of Ukrainian Rafting Federation"
LINK TO SUPPORT
Gates on Struma river inaugurated the WRF race season on 26th March: in Bulgaria 2 manches of SLALOM on Saturday morning awarded the first 100 points to Italy 1 (men category) who got the gold, with 2:15.62. Second slalom place to Italy 2, 90 points with 2:29.98. The new young team from Croatia got a bronze in their first international competition with 3:19.10: Jan Katic, Mislav Obrovac, David Zivcic, Tin Vukosic, Mihovil Cindic and Luka Rakocija, trained by Mr Antonjo Puskaric in Slunj, Croatia.
Pietro Fratton, Fabio Martini, Zeno Martini and Lorenzo Mastella
Men Italy 1 - Slalom gold
The women category saw Italy 1 leading the upstream gates that guaranteed them the slalom gold with a time of 3:02.39: Martina Bonomi, Giulia Liuzzo, Marianna Tedeschi and Miriam Waldboth, trained by the Italian coach Mr Paolo Benciolini.
Second place for Italy 2 with 4:31.08 and 90 points scored by Sara Amonini, Francesca Fontanive, Carlotta Scalvino and Valentina Volo. Bronze to Bulgaria with 4:43.22.
Martina Bonomi, Giulia Liuzzo, Marianna Tedeschi and Miriam Waldboth
Women Italy 1 - Slalom gold
RX qualifications followed with a fast lap on the slalom course section: the men’s slalom winners who had the fastest time in the first stage (00:53.50) ended the game with a silver in the RX, leaving the final gold and 120 points to their teammates named Italy 2: Emanuele Cerchi, Riccardo Colombo, Luca Liuzzo and Dario Morandi.
Winner of the final B was the ParaRafting team from Italy with Carlo Benciolini, Marco Montagna, Riccardo Novella and Nicola Speri. They won the knock-out paddling with Croatia.
Riccardo Colombo, Luca Liuzzo, Dario Morandi and Emanuele Cerchi
Men Italy 2 - RX gold
Italy 1 women won also the RX against Italy 2 in the final, leaving the third step of the podium to the local team from Bulgaria: Zoya Karadachka, Martina Naydenova, Simona Palazova and Margarita Paunovska.
MIX teams, who compete in the RX only, saw Italy 1 winning the gold, Italy 2 with the silver and Bulgaria on the third place.
Carlo Benciolini, Marco Montagna, Riccardo Novella and Nicola Speri
ParaRafting team from Italy
On Sunday 27th the DOWNRIVER on Struma river awarded the last points that confirmed some rankings and overturned others.
In the men category 3 seconds of advantage were decisive for the overall gold of Italy 1, who won the downriver stopping the chronometer on 16:53.37, ahead of Italy 2 (overall silver) who led the downriver until the last minutes where the 2 teams changed the ranking immediately before the last rapid.
At 17:51.42 Bulgaria crossed the finish line with the third best time, 5 seconds ahead of Croatia that ended up fourth in the final ranking scoring 224 points in total.
Sara Amonini, Francesca Fondtanive, Carlotta Scalvino and Valentina Volo
Women Italy 2 - Downriver gold
In the women category 80 points and the gold in the last discipline assured the overall silver to Italy 2, who finished the downriver in 17:47.64. 19:34.25 for Bulgaria on the third position (downriver and overall).
Second place in the downriver with 28:34.25 confirmed the overall gold to Italy 1.
2022 season is officially on: eyes on the next event, expecially on the upcoming World Champs at the end of July.
A warm thank you to the local organisation and the Bulgaria Rafting Federation, see you in the river!
Local team of guides working on Struma joined the event
Croatia was supposed to host the first international competition of the WRF season in the breathtaking spot of Slunj, 18th-21st March.
The race has been suspended due to low rainfall and snowfall during the winter season: Slunjčica river has no minimum water level to paddle.
There is the chance to pospone the event in the first weeks of April, depending on the weather conditions.
Hoping to see you all paddling soon, WRF confirms the Euro Cup in Bulgaria: 25th-28th March.