ICF Media Centre

This page provides information to media professionals looking to keep track of the ICF and wider canoeing issues.


Press Releases
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Rules & Regulations
For the latest rules and regulations, statutes etc. click here

Social Media
youtube.com/canoekayaktvtwitter.com/planetcanoe, facebook.com/internationalcanoefederation

View the ICF Annual Publication Planet Canoe 

Media Contacts

Richard Pettit / Media & Public Relations Manager
Phone: +41 (0) 21 612 02 90
Email: richard.pettit@canoeicf.com

Balint Vekassy / Official Photographer

To view and select photos from ICF events please visit canoephotography.com. If you wish to use publish any photos from the site please contact Balint Vekassy directly with the URL of the specific photo(s).

ICF Quick History

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) was founded in 1946. It is the world governing body responsible for administering the sport of Canoeing, which includes both canoeing and kayaking. The ICF governs nine disciplines, two of which are Olympic sports (Canoe Sprint and Canoe Slalom). The competition categories of these two disciplines include Men’s Kayak, Men’s Canoe, Women’s Kayak and Women’s Canoe.

The current ICF President is José Perurena López (ESP), he also occupies a position as an International Olympic Commitee (IOC) Member, and was elected as the President of the International World Games Association in 2014. 

The ICF has 161 member associations and is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Olympic Events 

Canoe Sprint has been featured as competition sports in the Summer Olympic Games since the 1936 Games in Berlin, although it was a demonstration sports at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. 

Canoe Slalom was introduce to the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, eventually becoming a permanent fixture 20-years later at the 1992 Bacelona olympic Games.

Two styles of boats are used (canoe and kayak) with single competitors or crews of two or four. Subsequently the following abbreviations are used C1M is men's canoe singles event and K2W is a women's kayak doubles event. 

In Canoe Sprint races have traditionally been held over the 500 or 1000 metres, although initially there were also 10 km events - 1936 to 1956 Olympic Games. On 13 August 2009, it was announced by the ICF that the men's 500m events would be replaced at the 2012 London Olympic Games by the following 200m events the K1W, C1M, K1M and K2M.

Canoe Slalom is raced over a course of up to 300m with as many as 25 gates.


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