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News and views - November 2020
This crazy year is drawing to an end rapidly, and the majority of us all will be happy to see the back of it! With vaccines and travel safe plans looking promising for the near future, plans for next year are starting to be made in earnest.
November was a very busy month for us as we joined other leading international sports federations to participate in a number of virtual meetings, forums and assemblies focused on the future of international sports. These virtual sessions were hosted by SportAccord, GAISF, AIMS and the IOC. The IRF's recognition as the legitimate world governing body for rafting is increasing all the time.
Earlier this month, we shared news of a river clean up in the Mitake Canyon on the Tama River in Japan; and, about Serbian students who are developing careers in shipbuilding getting lessons in rafting and basic rescue procedures on the water. The world's youth were preparing for the UTS Virtual Youth Festival at which our very own IRF race judges have assisted in the judging.
On the competition side we see that Russia had a very successful and well attended National Selections on the Belaya River; the final EC Series event was held in Priboj, Serbia on the Lim River; and we can now see the Overall results for the rather shortened 2020 Euro Cup Series.
And finally, we are making a call for nominations for the 2020 World Fair Play Awards. The International Fair Play Committee’s mission is to draw the attention of the world to the outstanding examples of fair play attitude and good sportsmanship in sports. The Committee presents awards annually in four categories – Act of Fair Play, Career in the spirit of Fair Play, Promotion of Fair Play, Fair Play Trophy for the Youth - respectively to athletes, teams, journalists, sports officials and organisations all over the world.
If you were a witness of such fair attitude, please contact us!
Stay safe on this rollercoaster of life that is 2020. We're all in this together.
See you on a river soon.
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Call For Nominations – 2020 World Fair Play Awards
30 Nov 2020 06:00 AM
The International Fair Play Committee is calling for nominations for the 2020 World Fair Play Awards!
The International Fair Play Committee’s mission is to draw the attention of the world to the outstanding examples of fair play attitude and good sportsmanship in sports. The Committee presents awards annually in four categories –
Act of Fair Play, Career in the spirit of Fair Play, Promotion of Fair Play, Fair Play Trophy for the Youth – respectively to athletes, teams, journalists, sports officials and organisations all over the world.
A fitting memorial for Aleksa Kojadinović in Priboj
28 Nov 2020 07:43 AM
The third memorial raft race for Aleksa Kojadinović was held in Priboj, Serbia on the river Lim. Normally this IRF Euro Cup and Serbian National Cup is held in the spring with a hope of the new year and fresh racing ahead. 2020 as seems normal now, decided that would not be the case. Due to travel and health restrictions the race was held in a chilly November but with just as much enthusiasm from the athletes and organisers as ever.
With the final Euro Cup event recently concluding in Serbia, the overall standings in the Euro Cup 2020 R6 and R4 Series can now be concluded.
A strange season it certainly was! The first event was eventually held in late August in the Czechia, and the last was held mid November in Serbia, a short four month season. In the end only Serbia and Czechia managed to hold events, with all others being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
IRF joins global family of International Sports Federations
18 Nov 2020 10:41 PM
The IRF is excited to announce that we recently joined with other leading international sports federations to participate in a number of virtual meetings, forums and assemblies focused on the future of international sports. These virtual sessions occurred from 6-11 November and were hosted by SportAccord, Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), Alliance of Independent Members of Sport (AIMS) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Among the many dignitaries addressing the sessions were IOC President Thomas Bach, GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli, AIMS President Stephan Fox, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr.
The IRF prepares for the UTS World Virtual Youth Festival 2020
17 Nov 2020 11:49 PM
The International Rafting Federation has joined forces with more than 80 organisations to unite on a digital platform for the UTS World Virtual Youth Festival 2020, which is under patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Special Olympics (SOI), SportAccord, Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS).
THE FIVE CONTINENTS PREPARE FOR
THE UNITED THROUGH SPORTS
WORLD VIRTUAL YOUTH FESTIVAL 2020
The festival is a celebration for and with the youth of the world who will carry the torch of life for the next generations.
Serbian students developing careers in shipbuilding have joined the #RiverFamily. Earlier this year, students and their teachers took to Lake Sava to completed lessons in rafting for the basic training of raft management and basic rescue procedures on the water. These students of the High School for Shipping, Shipbuilding and Hydrobuilding from Belgrade, were accompanied by professors of sports and physical education, Dr. Dejan Gavrilovic and M.Sc. Srecko Palezevic.
In addition to all the professional subjects in the training program for future sailors, the course requires the management of a number of complex vessels.
In the hospitable Republic of Adygea on the beautiful and difficult river Belaya, from October 22nd to November 4th a large and significant event in Russian rafting took place – Interralli-Belaya. It included several competitions: the Cup of Russia, and the National Russian Championship U24 and U20, forming part of the Russian national selections.
The competition took place in extremely low water conditions, the level of which hadn’t been observed in the last 100 years.
The Mitake Canyon is a beautiful river gorge located along the Tama River and is my “home river”. The canyon is located 90 minutes from the center of Tokyo and is famous for its many outdoor activities including rafting, hiking, bouldering and trail running. In particular, it’s also well-known for canoe slalom paddling and has a long history of producing Olympic paddlers. The canyon is also where the popular “Mitake Cup” rafting competition takes place twice a year where paddlers from all over Japan gather.
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