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News and views - June 2022
We start this Newsletter with the heart breaking news of the loss of one of our rafting family, Jordanka Bogdanova, known to many of us as Dani. She was amongst us as a Judge at our recent World Championships, and leaves a hole in many of our hearts. RIP Dani.
Jordanka Bogdanova, known to many of us as Dani, passed away on 16 June in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was involved in a very serious vehicle accident on the 5 June while traveling near Capljina. She was in a coma, in a hospital in Mostar for 15 days. But as strong and determined as she was, she did not recover, and left us.
On the weekend of 18 – 19 June the well known EC Trnavka 2022 was held in the Czech Republic on the artificial slalom course in Želiv. This course is not intended for beginners as it is Class 4, so a good challenging course for the top teams.
The event had a few titles – it was a separate Championship for the Czech Republic in slalom and sprint for Open, Masters and U23 categories; as well as being an event on the Euro Cup Series, as well as a part of the Czech Rafting Cup series.
The IRF’s 19th World Rafting Championship (WRC) recently drew to a close. And there are so many to thank for the incredible event.
The BiH WRC 2022 Organising Committee must be thanked profusely for stepping in to organise the event with only six months preparation time when the previous hosts had to cancel. The ever changing effects and restrictions of the pandemic hovering over the organising team were a continuous unknown that had to be dealt with.
On May 21 and 22, Euro Cup Čunovo was the first race of the 2022 series. The event took place on the artificial canal in Čunovo near Bratislava. The race was part of the Slovakia National Championships, the Czech National Cup and the Euro Cup Series, so rafting teams from Slovakia, Czech Republic and Germany met together. National teams of all 3 countries took it as a good training possibility for the World Rafting Championship which was happening a week later in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 2022 Rafting Champions of the World were recently declared on the Tara River, in the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The final deciding discipline of Downriver was contested on the beautiful blue waters of the canyon section of the Tara River.
Czechia are the new Under 19 Men Rafting Champions of the World. Wins in the H2H and Slalom ensured they stayed in 1st Overall, with Croatia securing a Gold medal in the Sprint and Downriver.
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