At the beginning of the Pan-American rafting championship the first Pan-American Council in history has been elected in the Valle de San Josè, Santander, Colombia.Martin Martinez, the WRF representative...
The 980 m venue in Çekerek district in the Yozgat province, Türkiye, is the second WRF Centre of Excellence. From 15th to 20th July, after months of careful planning and construction, the venue had a successful...
The World Rafting Federation has concluded a free technical workshop for the Delegations of Morocco and Iran in the city of Villeneuve, Italy from 10-12 July. The workshop is part of the WRF Developing...
Great news from Rize (Ardeşen), where Turkish Rafting Federation is organizing the first WRF World Cup in May (9-14 May 2018).
The President Fikret Yardımcı has signed an important agreement with the local authorities: the entry fee, the accommodation, the feeding and the transportation (from Trabzon Airport TZX - Ardeşen) gonna be FREE.
This represents a great result for the WRF that is working to facilitate the participation of a large number of Nations.
The WRF Vice President Fikret Yardımcı said: “The National teams gonna pay only the flights tickets, all the rest will be paid by the local authorities. It’s an amazing help from them”
The WRF President Barmaz says thank the Governor of Rize Erdoğan Bektaş, the Mayor of Ardeşen Hakan Gültekin, the District Governor of Ardeşen Emrah Yılmaz and President of Turkish Rafting Federation Fikret Yardımcı for the great work.
The WRF Executive Board, during the meeting taken place on 6th April in Dalaman (Turkey), has appointed the President of Ukrainian Rafting Federation, Mr. Oleksandr Bakanychev, as President of the WRF Pararafting Commission. The Pararafting is a strategic activity in the development of the rafting worldwide.
Rafting in fact is accessible to disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility (the physically disabled, the visually impaired and the blind). As a team sport, it represents a possibility of inclusion and involvement. The same kind of sport format, developed for the able bodied, is suitable for disabled persons, on the understanding that, for safety reasons, there are one or more able bodied river guides/athletes on board.
Next weekend, it is going to celebrate the European Cup, which is the first competition of the season. It will take place in Croatia days 16, 17, 18, specifically in Slunj, Rastoke and Kroana River.
This event has a special importance, considering that is the first to add the new competition format, RX, and the use of one pole in the Slalom gates.
Compete category R4, Masculine, Feminine, and Mix (only in RX). This event is open to no-WRF Teams.
The Executive Board of World Rafting Federation (WRF) with the deliberation n. 16/2018approved the application for the membership of Kazakhstan Rafting Federation. The President of Kazakhstan Federation, Mr. Maxim Zimin, signed the application for the membership during a crowded press conference in Dalaman for the presentation of the National Turkish Cup. WRF Danilo Barmaz said "We are honored to have Mr. Zimin among us and to welcome Kazakhstan Rafting Federation; it can represent the turning point in the development of WRF in Asia."
According to the Art. 32 of the WRF Statutes, a meeting of the WRF Executive Board will be held on 6th April 2018 at 8.30 p.m. in the city of Dalaman (Turkey) during the Turkish National Championship where also any different international teams are going to compete (Russia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran, Mongolia, Ukraine, Serbia, Kazakistan and Italy).
The main topics on the agenda are the approval of the Sport Rules, the Judges Handbook and the Justice Rules, but also the development of rafting in the international sport community. This meeting will be the second Executive Board in 2018.
On Friday, January 26 , 2018, representatives from 15 different countries (3 continent) reunited in Belgrade, Serbia, to sign the official act that created the new world governing body for sport rafting, the World Rafting Federation (WRF).
In presence of Mr. Ivo Ferriani, IOC member and President of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF), the new WRF board was approved by the present members: Mr. Danilo Barmaz (Italy) was unanimously chosen as President of the newly born federation. Mr. Barmaz declared that “The creation of a new world federation was the natural outcome of the feelings and intentions that most of the rafting community was manifesting. The path toward a real international recognition is now paved in front of us: we just need to walk it”.
The WRF congress will continue on Saturday, January 27, with the first meeting of the new board of directors and the beginning of the work of the commissions, with the main goal of defining the sport calendar for the upcoming season.
The Executive Board of World Rafting Federation (WRF) with the deliberation n. 16/2018 approved the application for the membership of the Mexican Rafting Association. "WRF is glad to see that our international community is growing. This is the first step of a long work for the development of the rafting worldwide" said WRF Trasurer Ms. Blerina Ago during the Executive Board in Dalaman.
The first session of this season, has left us a very clear concept of Rafting for this community; a meeting between friends.
The competition took part last Saturday and Sunday, with new innovations and rules. Cited Nikica Sminderovac: “We are very happy and we do our best to improve this event next year”
“Everyone was glad to be present at this first WRF Event. Slunj is a wonderful place with a very important river: a great spot for all the World Rafting Federation community” said Danilo Barmaz, WRF President.
After this encounter, where the Italians left their first footprint of the season, all the teams belonging to the WRF, will prepare themselves for the next event, which will take place at Rize (Turkey), next May.
The creation of a new federation that binds all rafting nations together for the same cause just happenned this Friday 26th and Saturday 27th of January in Belgrade, Serbia.
The first World Rafting Federation (WRF) congress is taking place here and reunites more than 15 countries from all around the world. Thanks to the creation of this new federation sport rafting enters a new dimension and paves the way to a future Olympic dream. With the support of Mr. Ivo Ferrani (member of International Olympic Committee) the WRF became official through an official act signed in front of a public notary.
This congress brings a new future for whitewater sports and new opportunities for all the members of the rafting family who want to join.
During the first congress day also the WRF members unanimously voted Mr. Danilo Barmaz as their new president and the team forming the first WRF board (see below) The first tasks of the new federation will be to agree on the competition calendar for the upcoming season and to form the commissions that will represent the beating heart of WRF.
Race schedule for upcoming sport events. President Barmaz stressed the importance of being surrounded by professional and competent people that will assure a great future for sport rafting.
“The river is long and full of waves coming up and down, but the vision, as the boat on it, is the thing we need to hold on to”,
Barmaz affirmed as a conclusion to his first speech as WRF President.
WRF FOUNDING MEMBERS
Albania Costa Rica Brazil Chile Italy Croatia Serbia Montenegro Macedonia Bulgaria Turkey Russia Armenia Ukraine Iran
President - Danilo Barmaz (Italy)
First Vice-President – Boris Purjakov (Serbia)
Second Vice-President – Fikret Yardimci (Turkey)
Treasurer – Blerina Ago (Albania)
Responsible for Sport Departement – Oleg Grigoriev (Russia) Representative elected by the Athletes Commission – Massimo Desiati (Brazil)
Representative elected by the Technicians commission – Hadi Ghazi (Iran)