Why hasn’t the International Canoe Federation (ICF) informed their constituents (the paddling community) and stakeholders about the process for what will happen and when with the International Olympic Committee?
Why haven’t they been more transparent about what they have submitted and when? And their strategy for the way forward?
Why haven’t they made public all of the votes and motions submitted (approved and disapproved) from the recent ICF Congress?
The recent ICF Congress voting for women’s canoe events (no changes for the Senior World Championships? Removal of Women’s C2 500 from the Junior/U23 World Championships?) bear no resemblance to a strategy for women’s canoe, gender equality, balance between canoe/kayak and/or universality.
This lack of transparency and continued repression of equal opportunities and access is inexcusable.
Our request for information from 20 November 2014 still stands.
This is the current makeup of the ICF.
I believe that the current ICF has no interest whatsoever in becoming an equitable sport that includes canoe. The support seems to be for kayak and the ICF has already indicated that they can become equitable by eliminating canoe in its entirety.
Rather than continuing the charade, perhaps it is time to consider a separate regatta schedule, championships, etc. for both men and women canoe. With a legitimate race series and financial support, women canoe will continue to increase in number and performance. It will provide the athlete’s with a sentiment of belonging rather than not being included, as is the situation now.
This is a great idea and has been discussed for a few years. The entire Olympic program is up for grabs now for 2020 and beyond. Sprint – kayak and canoe – could be reduced, and we could see other paddling disciplines.
The lack of women canoeists and C4 (4 person canoe) has hurt canoe development since canoe/kayak was put on the Olympic program. The Olympics is losing its uniqueness.
We fear the ICF will continue on it’s path of no courage.
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