Equal & Equitable Opportunities for Women in Olympic Canoe Racing
JUNE 2017 – International Olympic Committee approves 3 women’s canoe events for Tokyo 2020 – and a gender equal program!
- June 9, 2017, IOC Press Release
- International Canoe Federation Press Release
- Canoe Kayak Canada Press Release
The Sport of “Canoeing” debuted as an exhibition sport in the 1924 Olympics with 6 Sprint Canoe and Kayak events, for men only. The sport became official in 1936. The Slalom discipline debuted in 1972. There have never been canoe events for women – until now. Thank you for joining the cause to change this!
Also in 2017, the ICF announced Canoeing will add 3 new events to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games: 2 men’s and 1 women’s Va’a events.
OUR MISSION: To inspire and enable women to achieve equality, equity and excellence in Olympic canoe racing by advocating for a complete range of development and racing opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. And, to promote and support paddlesport for recreation and as a way of life.
Tokyo 2020 Program
OLYMPIC SPORT: Canoeing
DISCIPLINES: Sprint & Slalom
Boats (Sub-disciplines): Canoe & Kayak
# EVENTS: 16
|Sprint (12)||Slalom (4)|
|Men’s Kayak (K)||Men’s “Canadian” Canoe (C)||Men’s Kayak (K)||Men’s “Canadian” Canoe (C)|
|K1 1000||C1 1000|
|K2 1000||C2 1000|
|Women’s Kayak||Women’s Canoe (NEW)||Women’s Kayak||Women’s Canoe (NEW)|
|K1 200||C1 200||K1||C1|
|K2 500||C2 500|
OLYMPIC SPORT: Paracanoe
DISCIPLINES: Kayak (K) & Va’a (V) (canoe)
# EVENTS: 9
|Men’s Kayak||Men’s Va’a
(new for 2020)
|Women’s Kayak||Women’s Va’a
(new for 2020)