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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!

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 200 K1 C1
K1 1000 C1 1000
K2 1000 C2 1000
K4 500
Women’s Kayak Women’s Canoe (NEW) Women’s Kayak Women’s Canoe (NEW)
K1 200 C1 200 K1 C1
K1 500
K2 500 C2 500
K4 500

OLYMPIC SPORT: Paracanoe
DISCIPLINES: Kayak (K) & Va’a (V) (canoe)
# EVENTS: 9

Men’s Kayak Men’s Va’a
(new for 2020)
KL1
KL2 VL2
KL3 VL3
Women’s Kayak Women’s Va’a
(new for 2020)
KL1
KL2 VL2
KL3

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WomenCAN International
Equal Opportunities for Women in Olympic Canoe Racing

Pamela Boteler, President info@womencanintl.com