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White Water of Siberia Forum 2020
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White Water of Siberia Forum 2020 starts on a high

By Алексей Широков The White Water of Siberia Forum 2020, has started in the Altay mountains and rivers of central Russia. About 50 rafters from six countries gathered in Altay republic, Russia for great extreme adventures in the Altay mountains and rivers. This is the fifth year of the forum, which takes place in Altay

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Malaysia rafting recognition boost

Malaysia rafting recognition was boosted recently by accreditation from the Malaysia Commissioner of Sports. The Malaysia Rafting Association (MRA) (or Persatuan Rafting Malaysia in Malay) and the sport of rafting have received a great boost as MRA have received this formal accreditation. This recognition firmly establishes MRA as the organisation governing the sport of rafting

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Dragon Boating – a modern sport with ancient traditions

Many a dragon boater has crossed over and raced in rafts, and vice versa. And so it is with many other sports. Therefore over the coming months we will be presenting the history of other paddle sport organisations as we also look into expanding our friendships with these and other organisations. Long standing history Dragon

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UTS – Virtual Youth Festival announced

The IRF is proud to announce that we have been invited to participate in the United Through Sport (UTS) International Virtual Youth Festival! This historic event is a unique opportunity for IRF youth teams to get involved in a global project. UTS is an initiative launched in 2019 by the Association of Independent Recognised Sports

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Celebrating International Day of Friendship with our #RiverFamily

With recent unprecedented limits on movement and enforced isolation, now more than ever we need to recognise and value friendship across the globe. Today we mark United Nations International Day of Friendship by asking all rafters to reach out and contact friends whom you have not seen or spoken to since before the pandemic. We

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The Alliance of Independent recognised Members of Sport (AIMS)

The IRF recently attended a conference with the Alliance of Independent recognised Members of Sport (AIMS) to discuss the current challenges facing the organisations with GAISF Observe status during the pandemic and post pandemic. For those that are not familiar as to who AIMS is, here is an introduction. The AIMS organisation was founded in

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2020 White Water of Siberia forum open for applications

Applications for the 2020 White Water of Siberia forum are now being accepted. Applications are welcomed from across the globe, however please ensure you make yourself familiar with travel and quarantine restrictions of Russia, your own country, and any countries you may travel through on the way there. All questions about registration or the event

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AIMS Observer Meeting

With the IRF’s Observer Status of GAISF, we have previously unprecedented support to our sport. IRF President Joe Willis Jones was invited to an Alliance of Independent recognised Members of Sport (AIMS) online conference to discuss current challenges during the pandemic and post pandemic. The AIMS President, Stephan Fox, was joined by Vice President, General

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Rafting Operator Accreditation (ROA) launch
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Rafting Operator Accreditation (ROA) – what is it?

The Rafting Operator Accreditation (ROA) Committee has now achieved this stage and is ready for input from stakeholders. The IRF has for many years discussed the merits of developing an accreditation for operators that offer whitewater rafting guided or instructional services. Simply put, this process would provide a means of recognizing operators that meet or

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