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Due to local political issues we are sorry to inform that the 2022 World Rafting Championship, supposed to be held in Zubin Potok, is officially cancelled.
The dates of all the other international races are confirmed. Check out the official calendar of the upcoming events:
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!”
WRF recently had the honor to interview Professor Stephan Wassong. He is a German sport scientist and university lecturer.
He studied sports science at the German Sport University of Cologne and at SUNY Cortland in New York state, completed his habilitation in the field of sports history and sports education. From 2007 to 2009 he was an Assistant Professor at Liverpool Hope University.
In October 2011 Wassong took over the management of the Institute for Sports History and the scientific management of the Center for Olympic Studies at the German Sport University Cologne. Since 2004 he has also been a member of the European Committee for Sports History, of which he was President from 2007 to 2009. He is editor of the Journal of Olympic History, the official journal of the International Society for Olympic Historians, and was a member of the IOC Postgraduate Grant Selection Committee from 2005 to 2010 . Since 2010 he has been head of the international Master of Art in Olympic Studies. From October 2011 to May 2014 he held the office of Vice-Rector for Studies and Teaching at the German Sport University.
Mr. Wassong and the IOC President Thomas Bach
Professor Wassong, what is the institutional definition of Good Good governance?
I’m starting from the origins of the word governance: it derives from the Greek verb kubernaein [kubernáo] that means to steer. Whether we are talking about a club, a society or a federation, governance is the continuous process of managing all of the dynamics, like managing a boat.
Mentioning the IOC paper from 2008 entitled Basic Universal Principles of Good Governance of the Olympic and Sports Movement there are 7 principles that I consider the fundamental ingredients for Good Governance:Vision, mission and strategy Structures, regulations and democratic process Highest level of competence, integrity and ethical standard Accountability, transparency and contro Solidarity and development Athletes’ involvement, participation and care Harmonious relations with governments while preserving autonomy
I completely agree with the outcome of the seminar that in the following year discussed the IOC paper. I think that, in order to properly define Good Governance, we should add the qualities that are included in the 3 Olympic Values: excellence, friendship and respect. I stress the fact that these umbrella values include subordinary values. For example responsibility and integrity (as parts of excellence), tolerance and loyalty (as parts of friendship) and honesty (as part of respect).
Olympism for young athletes: what is possible and what are the challenges?
Sport has the potential to strengthen and make significant contribution to education. According to the World Health Organisation we can identify 10 life skills that are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour. They enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.
“Described in this way, skills that can be said to be life skills are innumerable, and the nature and definition of life skills are likely to differ across cultures and settings. However, analysis of the life skills field suggests that there is a core set of skills that are at the heart of skills-based initiatives for the promotion of the health and well-being of children and adolescents. These are listed below:Decision making Problem solving Creative thinking Critical thinking Effective communication Interpersonal relationship skills Self-awareness Empathy Coping with emotions Coping with stress”
The development of these life skills can be facilitated by sport: sport can teach or help the growth of these skills. Sport challenges young athletes and they can transfer what they learn to non-sporting settings.
Olympism is a traditional and concrete application of this view: competition fosters public engagement and contributes to the prevention of disorientation, supplying a guidance.
It is not an immediate and independent process, it needs strategies and infrastructures such as school sport facilities, public fields or training centres. Institutional support and synergies with the social and political context are required as effective tools for education. A federation needs institutional support to grow and be effective: NOC, the IOC, international federations and sport foundations, universities. If we support the sport with institutional synergies then we can really use any discipline as a tool for the educational process.
The WRF is working on a new educational process in order to develop its managers and coaches. What is the pillar topic that an educational path needs to include?
The strategy is fundamental. A modern federation, in order to strengthen its profile and structure, has to provide educational programmes bearing in mind 2 topics: 1 to coin a specific modern profile, the nature of the programme (in any case it has to be flexible and clear) and 2 to reflect on the content (it is important to set up a market discipline programme: commercialitazion, administraton, polititation, mediatitazion of the sport). It is not only necessary to be fully understood but the link between these topics is also an engine to further develop the sport knowledge.
In order to build a concrete path we should link all the teaching content with ethical considerations. At the end of the day it is the effective education and the ethic process that matters.
WRF President Danilo Barmaz, on behalf of the rafting community, thanks Mr Wassong for his time and the opinions he shared. Finally he congratuleted him for the great contribution he made and is constantly giving to the sports world.
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.
Due to the unusual low water level of Adda river in Valtellina (Sondrio, Italy) the Euro Cup in Italy has been moved to Aosta Valley (Villeneuve, Aosta, Italy). Participation fee and the dates of the competition will not change: Dora Baltea river (III level) will welcome the athletes from 6th to 9th July 2022.
6th-9th July: Italy
International Grand Prix of Turkey
The week later, from 15th to 20th July, the new artificial channel in Turkey (Yozgat-Cekerek) will host the International Grand Prix of Turkey, opened to all the international teams who want to participate. All categories, both Junior and Senior, are welcome and there is no limit in the teams number.
15th-20th July: Turkey
The Asian Championship will be held from 16th to 23rd September in India. The Indian Rafting Foundation will organise the Continental Championship on Beas river, in Kullu Valley.
16th-23rd September: India
The Pan-American Championship in Colombia has been confirmed from 28th September to 2nd October in the Valle di San Josè. We kindly invite all the athletes who are interested in competing in these races to check out the bulletins on WRF website and find out all the updated informations.
28th September-2nd October: Colombia
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