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The seventh edition of the European Week of Sport is taking place from 23rd-30th September 2021. This year's theme highlights the power of physical activity to bring joy, build resilience and connect generations.
For six years, the European Week of Sport has helped tackle the inactivity crisis by encouraging Europeans to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.
Launched in 2015 the European Week of Sport was created in response to the worsening inactivity crisis. Despite sport and physical activity substantially contributing to the well-being of European citizens, the level of physical activity is currently stagnating and even declining in some countries.
EWoS launched by the European Commission
This is why the European Week of Sport exists - to bring awareness of how important an active lifestyle is for everyone. The Week is designed to give people across the world a springboard into being active, during the whole year.
And year after year the key actors of the EWoS, such as National Coordinating Bodies, Partners and Ambassadors, raise awareness about the importance of physical activity and the resumption of sports activities, whether indoor or outdoor, for the wellbeing of individuals and communities. Over 71 million people across 42 countries and regions have joined in the Week’s activities over the years.
Sport is not only about the body
While the physical and mental benefits of sport and physical activity need no introduction, our core themes for this year’s campaign do deserve one. “Joy”, “resilience” and “intergenerational” will bring EWoS to life through inspirational and real-life stories.
Sport is undeniably a source of joy for both individuals and communities and joyful exercise is, in turn, a motivator for physical activity. Sport can bring joy in many ways, and not always by making us physically stronger.
Resilience is to be celebrated and maintained via sports
Physical activity is proven to build resilience for all on a daily basis and through challenging times. If there’s anything that the past months have taught us, it’s that, even in the toughest of circumstances, it is possible to #BeActive. Along with an uptake in home workouts, there has been a surge of interest in sports such as running and cycling, the only sports available during lockdowns in many countries. As we move towards the easing of restrictions and the reopening of society, it’s now time, more than ever, to become and remain active.
In addition to changing modes of physical activity, COVID-19 has increased awareness around the importance of communities. As we gradually move towards a post-COVID era, it will be essential to focus on rebuilding communities. Sport can play a big role here, as it has the power to bring us together and bridge the generational gap between young and old.
Rafting as a team sport, that requires essential cooperation, has the potential to be recognised at the international Olympic level.
The dynamic of our sport embodies fundamental values, that the river remind us in every moment we paddle in it.
We interviewed the IOC Member and President of the Italian Olympic Committee Mr Giovanni Malagò, starting from the definition of Good Governance that the Presidents Ferriani, Perurena and Ricci Bitti described in the previous interviews. The different viewpoints emphasised a common background that we totally approve.
Mr Giovanni Malagò with Mr Tony Estanguet, President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee
President Malagò, what is you definition of Good Governance?
Sport has a universal value and its recognised importance at every level needs an increasingly managerial approach, in line with the growing needs of the practitioners and the ones who indirectly benefit from it. preparation, targeted skills and professionalism are needed, to follow the process properly, offering management quality, accordance and transparency.
The goal is to assure standards worthy of the stakeholders’ legitimate expectations.
The ASOIF guided by my friend Francesco Ricci Bitti promoted a path in the right direction in this regard, covering a fundamental point of reference for the sports organisations.
One of the innovations introduced with the WRF foundation is the mix category, with two women and two men literally on the same boat. The new dynamic requires balance between strength and technique and improves the awareness of the gender peculiarities with continuous exchange and feedback.
As we can see from Your CONI Vice-Presidents, You support the recognition of the women presence in the sports world as an added value. What is the future of women empowerment and gender equality at the international sport level in Your opinion, especially in light of the new Olympic Agenda?
I am very proud of the current feedback from the sport movement, not only from the IOC and the Olympic movement that are pointing the way forward and demonstrating their commitment concretely through several new and initiatives introduced in the five circle's technical programme.
CONI has been working in this direction for years, with concrete actions: in 2018 we decided to put in place the gender representation of 30% in the Federal Councils, the election of 4 out of 13 members of different gender, and 10 out of 28 in the National Council of the Olympic Committee. has been established last year.
I think that the work of the President Barmaz and the WRF is moving in this direction, that is a source of pride and deserves the total sharing.
I can see a growing general awareness and new points of reference, together towards a winning future, in the sport but firstly in the civil interest.
IOC President Mr Thomas Bach
The Para Rafting discipline at the international competitions aims to improve the inclusion through the power of sport: WRF decided to do not differentiate the river sections and athletes and para athletes paddled in the same rapids at the World Championship one month ago.
President, as a IOC Member, do you think that this type of competition with inclusive dynamics can grow in the future, with the recognition of the fair value?
We see an increasingly inclusive scenario, that shows the real dimension of the sport value in its authentic meaning.
There is great great focus and consideration of themes that promote integration and the olympic world is proving it: the 2020 Agenda opened a path to a future without foreclosures, that we have to chase with innovative ideas. There are a lot of chances to be seized for the sport interest, that knows no barriers by definition: it breaks them with the power of example.
We are confident that the collaboration between small and big federations can create positive synergies in both the directions: how do you see our moment in the coming years?
The path you are following is founded on a fruitful ground, made of glad intuitions thanks to the managerial guide of President Barmaz, who I appreciate for his ability to read the situations about the development of the rafting reality in a decisive way. I am sure that the passion and sense of belonging that sustain his action represent the certain of a future as protagonists.
On 3rd July the last stage of the RX for Women, Mix and ParaRafting closed the race week and awarded the podiums with important points, that decided the overall results.
In the Women category the four teams who made it to the semifinals, after the Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the knock out, were Turkey 2, Slovakia, Italy 1 and Italy 2.
Women, Italy 1, RX silver
Italy 1, Letizia Lauri, Elodie Lumignon, Gaia Mascarello and Carlotta Scalvino, was leading the RX qualification with the best category time of 1'00.61. They won the semifinal with Turkey 2, Dilara Dinler, Deniz Dinler, Rojda Korkmali, Gözde Aksoy and Tijda Yesil, reaching the final A.
Women, Italy 2, RX gold
Slovakia lost the semifinal to Italy 2: Christa Gruber, Francesca Leonardi, Martina Bonomi and Miriam Waldboth from Italy 2 reached and won the Final A against Italy 1, who got the RX silver.
The Final B gave the bronze to Slovakia: Petra Solovicovà, Hana Derkovà, Laura Krutà and Nina Šuchovà.
Women, Slovakia, RX bronze
The Para Rafting category saw a close battle between the 2 teams from Italy and the hosts, France 1 and France 2.
The final B gave the bronze medal to Italy 2: Massimo Giandinoto, Rosario Sperandini, Rinaldo Veneroni and Damiano Casazza.
Para-Rafting, Italy 2, RX bronze
Fourth place for France 2: Thomas Caviole, Steven Batellier, Erwan Dorigny and Yannick Le Guellec.
France 1, who stopped the clock on an incredible time of 1'00.22 leading the RX qualification, got the silver in the final A: Abel Aber, Latimier Latimier, Hugo Latimier and Benjamin Pillerault.
Para Rafting, France 1, RX silver
First place for Italy 1: Marco Montagna, Riccardo Novella, Carlo Benciolini and Nicola Speri, who doubled the downriver gold with 120 points.
Para Rafting, Italy 1, RX gold
The RX Mix category saw challenging matches, where the strategy was not only in the position of the 2 women and 2 men on the raft, but also watching the opponents' lines and dynamic decisions, especially in the upstream gates.
The four teams, out of 13, who paddled the semifinal were Slovakia 2 vs France 1, who already got the gold in the Slalom, and Netherland vs France 2.
Mix, Netherland, RX gold
Final A gave the golden 120 points to Netherland: Kiki Roeling, Benita Gobel, Xandar van Os, Roel Bakker and Mark de Wit.
Mix, France 1, RX silver
Second place to France 1: Marion Delorme, Coralie Yebenes, Cyril Audoit and Kevin Gix.
France 2 lost the Final B to Slovakia 2, who got the RX Mix bronze: Petra Solovicovà, Hana Derkovà, Jakub Chynoradský and Dominik Chynoradský.
Mix, Slovakia 2, RX bronze
120, 108 and 96 points went to the podiums of the RX, that confirmed some medals and changed other overall rankings.
The overall winners have been announced in the closing ceremony.
“Fair play is a complex concept that comprises and embodies a number of fundamental values that are not only integral to sport but relevant in everyday life.
Fair competition, respect, friendship, team spirit, equality, sport without doping, respect for written and unwritten rules such as integrity, solidarity, tolerance, care, excellence and joy, are the building blocks of fair play that can be experienced and learnt both on and off the field."
International Committee for Fair Play (CIFP)
September 7th is the World Fair Play Day: it is a sports initiative designed to promote fair play and Ethical Values in sport. On this day in 1963 the founding members of what was to become the International Committee for Fair Play (CIFP), met for the first time on the initiative of the French Tennis Champion Jean Borotra.
This day is an opportunity to highlight the sport principles that inspire individuals and peaceful societies and celebrate values that the true sport reminds us everyday.
Para Rafting teams competing at the World Rafting Championship, July 2021
Fair play is not only about athletes: the power of example is transversal in society, that is why we need to highlight and empower the values it embodies. Coaches, trainers, referees, parents, friends, supporters and practitioners belong to the sport world and are an integral part that can promote fair play by worldwide projects and small simple gestures, in sport, society and life itself.
Fair play on the field develop better individuals also off the field: communities learn respect, integrity, solidarity, tolerance, inclusion, fraternity, sharing, exchange, as well as self-control and self-development. the sport impact on concepts and issues are wider than sport including integrity, equal opportunities, social inclusion and disability, race and gender equality.
RX discipline: Women, Men and Mix teams competing
"WRF is doing its best to promote all these values and we think that fair play include all of them. In our sport we are all in the same boat and we will paddle forward following the fair play line." WRF President Danilo Barmaz declared.
“Sport is one of the best metaphors in life: it means experience that constantly improves and tests our behavior; fair play is a concrete attitude that we manifest in action, not in theory.”
One month after the World Rafting Championship 2021 in France, the members of the WRF Executive Board and Commissions started the first meetings with the eyes on the next 4 years.
The WRF 2021/2024 Ordinary Plenary Assembly held in L'Argentière-la-Bessée confirmed Barmaz Danilo (Italy) President for the second term, supported by the renewed Executive Board composed by Ago Blerina (Albania), Purjakov Boris (Serbia), Grigoriev Oleg (Russia) and Yardımcı Fikret (Turkey), the Representative elected by the Technicians’ Commission Ghaziasgar Seyed Hadi (Iran) and the Representative elected by the Athletes' Commission Martinez Martin (Argentina).
Carlier Bruno (France), Larrea Fermin Perez (Spain), Tomasini Marco (Malta), Buzzo Navarro Alejandro Daniel (Venezuela), Fernandes Rebeca (Brasil), Gautam Sudip (Nepal), Singh Sikand Shaukat Pal (India) and Takrouni Mohsen (Tunisia), together with the Executive Board Members, will compose the WRF Board of Directors.
WRF Board of Directors
“I would like to thank you for the trust you have placed in me to lead the WRF for this new four-year period. In these first three years we have done a lot but we still have to do a lot; we have created and we are creating a great team completing and strengthening our various committees to ensure that they are increasingly operational and effective.
One month ago the World Championship was concluded in France and, despite the enormous difficulties caused by the pandemic, we proved to be strong and resolute, bringing the event to an end with an excellent media success and this is a great good for our sport in this difficult period the challenged the organisation and especially the athletes every day.
What I can promise you is a constant commitment to our cause by creating a cohesive team where everyone is and feels a fundamental part of this movement.
The great family of the WRF can and must aspire to great results and this can only happen with the help of all in particular of the National Federations, the real engine of our project”
With these words Mr Danilo Barmaz, flanked by the WRF General Secretary Matteo Benciolini, inaugurated the second term of his Presidency and opened the WRF Ordinary Plenary Assembly after the World Rafting Championship, where he welcomed the delegates from the National Federations.
Danilo Barmaz, WRF President
The Congress held in France has been an important meeting that gave a positive feedback of the last three years. The RX discipline, the Para-Rafting and Mix teams, that WRF introduced as new format 3 years ago, are exponentially growing and showing the potential of our amazing sport: this is a new beginning and the great results we achieved in the recent years are now a new, solid starting point.
RX discipline, World Rafting Championship 2021
Bearing in mind the values that our athletes keep reminding us, WRF is totally committed in the further development of the rafting sport, consolidating and improving its internal structure in both the agonistic and commercial fields, and at the same time working for the recognition by International Sport Organisations: the Olympics are a concrete dream.
WRF 2021/2024 Ordinary Plenary Assembly
After the RX qualification on the first day of race and a challenging afternoon with a first phase of selection, the knock out phase 2 turned the lights on in the whitewater stadium on Durance river, France. 16 teams faced the whitewater course studying the opponents’ tactics and the couple of gates in strategic passages.
RX night on Durance river
After the spectacular phases 2 and 3 the teams who made it to the semifinal were Chile 1 (who won the previous runs with Croatia 2 and Slovenia 2), Slovakia 1 (who won phase 1 with Morocco, phase 2 with Turkey 2 and phase 3 with Italy 2, Argentina (who won with Bulgaria and Netherland 1) and the favoured to win Italy 1, with already 180 points from the gold in the Downriver and Slalom (who won with France 1 and Colombia).
RX semifinal: Slovakia 1 and Chile 1
Slovakia 1 lost the semifinal match with Chile 1, who got the access to the Final A, but went to the Final B and won the RX bronze: Rastislav Kveták, Jakub Chynoradský, Dominik Chynoradský, Viktor Kveták and Šimon Krempaský. the third place in RX gave Slovakia 1 a 5th place overall with 210 points.
Chile 1 winning with Croatia 2
Silver in the RX for Lorenzo Simon Gomez Suazo, Ivan Correa, Ricardo Pineda, Jorge Valdes Castillo and Victor Verdugo Astete, Chile 1.
The 4th place of Argentina in the RX gave them 90 important points for the overall ranking.
Italy 1 on the finish line of RX
The RX final A, between Italy 1 and Chile 1, confirmed the first step of the podium for the Italians Pietro Fratton, Fabio Martini, Zeno Martini and Lorenzo Mastella, who are officially, in the men category, the overall World Rafting Champions 2021.
Italy 1, gold overall
Silver medal overall goes to Dario Morandi, Michele Pattoglio, Francesco Regina and Giordi Sarteur from Italy 2 with 236 points: second place in the downriver, second place in the slalom and fifth place in the RX.
Italy 2, silver overall
Bronze overall for Matias Maximiliano Cordero, Mauro Solano, Denis Orlando Gelves and Juan Martìn Martinez from Argentina with 229 points: third place in the downriver, fourth place in the slalom and a final fourth place in the RX.
Argentina, bronze overall
Men category faced all the three discipline and ended their races in L'Argentière-La Bessée, but 3 categories still have to paddle a crucial RX tomorrow: stay tuned for Women, Para Rafting and Mix teams!
World Rafting Federation and Global eSports Federation joined forces signing a membership last month.
The GEF prioritizes the development of an inclusive, safe, healthy and sustainable Esports ecosystem with a particular focus on responsible gaming, holistic wellness, fair play, education and career pathways for players and athletes.
Nowadays technology is an integral part of everyday life and the number of eSport athletes is increasing.
However, despite the high level and intensity of the eSport trainings and competitions, almost half of the eSport athletes do not meet the recommended volume of physical activity, that is fundamental and necessary to safeguard good health and is tremendously important, not only to set appropriate precondition for a long career in eSports but also to preserve a stable psychophysical conditions in general.
In this regard, WRF shares the GEF mission to cultivate a balance between sport, esports and technology, developing a connection between the communities: different disciplines at the same time may express and teach, through different dynamics, the same sport values.
The aim is to guide people into a more active and social lifestyle: we think that sports may serve for the prevention of psychophysical complaints. Inactivity over a prolonged time might cause severe health incidents: being physical active is the key.
As a team sport rafting improves the social inclusion and reduces mental stress and communication barriers, since every person is an integral part of the team, paddling in the river the same direction. The same values can be learned in different ways and several abilities, such as focus or teamwork, can be trained from different points of view, reinforcing a 360 degrees vision.
Global Esports Federation already signed a membership with Peace and Sport to foster education development and enhanced social cohesion: with the connection of different viewpoints we can discover cross-sections values and connections.
WRF President Danilo Barmaz declared “nowadays technology is an integral part of our lives and we should remember its potential: we have new and different ways to build a connected world.”
After a challenging and intense week of races, the award ceremony on the last day crowned the World Rafting Champions of the Women, Mix and Para Rafting categories.
Italy 2, Women overall Champions
With 292 points, scored with two golds in RX and Slalom and a silver in the Downriver, Italy 2 is the overall Champion of the Women category: Christa Gruber, Francesca Leonardi, Miriam Waldboth and Martina Bonomi.
Second overall place to Letizia Lauri, Elodie Lumignon, Gaia Mascarello and Carlotta Scalvino of Italy 1 Women team, with 278 points.
Third overall place to Amélie Latouche, Angèle Murzeau, Louise Grigny, Marleen Koninckx and Marie Tessier of France 1, with 219 points.
Italy 1, Para Rafting overall Champions
In the Para Rafting category, that for the first time competed in the same rapids of the other categories, Italy 1 took the overall gold.
Marco Montagna, Riccardo Novella, Carlo Benciolini and Nicola Speri scored 290 points, with a first place in RX and Downriver and a second place in Slalom.
Second overall place to Abel Aber, Latimer Latimer, Hugo Latimer and Benjamin Pillerault of France 1, with 280 points.
Third overall place to Massimo Giandinoto, Rosario Sperandini, Damiano Casazza and Rinaldo Veneroni of Italy 2, with 240 points.
France 1, Mix overall Champions
Last but not least the Mix category crowned the hosts Marion Delorme, Coralie Yebenes, Cyril Audoit and Kevin Gix the overall Champions with 258 points. France 1 got the gold medal in the Slalom, the silver medal in the RX and got a ninth place in the Downriver.
Second overall place to Kiki Roeling, Benita Gober, Xandar van Os, Roel Bakker and Mark de Wit, the RX winners of Netherlands, with 248 points.
Third overall place to Sara Amonini, Valentina Volo, Nicholas Gheno and Mattia Felini of Italy 1, with 244 points.
The world Champions have been awarded by the WRF President Danilo Barmaz, the FFCK President Jean Zoungrana and the FFCK Technical Director Gianni Cappai, and raised the White Card of Peace and Sport.
The White Card, symbol of peace, raised on the podium at the World Rafting Champs
Everyone can contribute to «Live Together» and «Peacemakers Project»:
and become an active part of this great movement.
The WRF President declared closed the 2021 World Rafting Championship, in the centre of L'Argentière-la-Bessée.
We thank everyone who took part in this event, that was not only a week of race: during these days the Responsible of the WRF Judical Commission leaded a 2 days judges' workshop in the WRF Centre of Excellence, in order to be fully prepared for the event;
furthermore the V level guide Mr David Alemanni organised a meeting for the team leaders about the criticality of river training, discussing the different vewpoints and then practising in the last part of the slalom course on Durance.
We look forward to meet you all by the river again, paddling together.
After the RX qualifications from yesterday the men category will finish the World Rafting Championship 2021 tonight.
The knock out phase started this afternoon, without the 7 teams who got the best 7 times who will access directly to the phase 2 tonight at 21: Italy 1, Italy 2, Croatia 1, Chile 1, Russia, Turkey 1 and Argentina.
Phase 1 saw 18 teams paddling in the Stade d’eau vive Michel Baudry, and the 9 of them who won this knock out will paddle in the phase 2 tonight.
Slovenia 2 (Bulgaria 2 out), Slovenia 1 (Chile 2 out), Croatia 2 (Malta 2 out), Slovakia 1 (Morocco out), Turkey 2 (Albania out), Bulgaria 1 (Netherland 2), Netherland 1 (Montenegro out), Colombia (Belgio out) and France 1 (Serbia 1 out) are the 9 winners from Phase 1.
Knock out Phase 1, RX, Men team
These 9 winners of the phase 1 and the 7 teams with the best time in RX qualification will face the round of 16 at 21.30 tonight.
RX discipline can change the partial rankings awarding the podium with 120, 108 and 96 points.
The leading team is currently Italy 1, followed by the teammates from Italy 2. Provisional bronze to Russia. Argentina is close got the podium with just a 4 points gap and fifth provisional position is detained by Croatia 1.
Tonight we will have the first World Rafting Champions.