The 2021 ECA Canoe Slalom European Championships in Ivrea kicks off today

The fever in Italy is rising as there in only one day left before the 2021 ECA Canoe Slalom European Championships starts tomorrow on the Dora Baltea River. The Championships will also serve as European continental qualifier for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Around 200 athletes from 27 European countries will compete from Thursday until Sunday and fight for the European Championships medals and the remaining spots for the Tokyo Olympic Games. After one year of absence and missing out last year's European Championships in Prague two powerhouses – Great Britain and Germany – are back in action to compare their form with colleagues from the other countries.

Athletes from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, North Macedonia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine are ready to finally the start the competition.

As mentioned this Championships will also serve as European Olympic Qualifier and there is one place left in each of the events. Especially men's canoe event will see a tough competition as two strong nations, among others, – Italy and Germany – are still fighting for the spot. Because of the Olympic qualifiers the ICF's progression system will be used, which means 40 MK1, 30 MC1, 30 WK1 and 30 WC1 boats will progress to the semifinal phase and the top 10 boats in each event of the semifinal will then advance to the final. In addition to Olympic qualifiers and fight for the remaining four spots, many teams have their own internal Olympic selections here to determine which athletes will make their national Olympic teams.

The championships will start on Thursday afternoon with women's and men's kayak heats, on Friday morning women's and men's canoe heats follow, while in the afternoon the first sets of medals will be awarded to the best in team events. On Saturday semifinal and final runs in both kayak events are scheduled, as well as extreme canoe slalom time trials, while on Sunday the championships will conclude with canoe semifinals and final (men's and women's) and Extreme Canoe Slalom competition.

Please note that only heats will be streamed on Canoe Europe Youtube Channel www.youtube.com/CanoeEurope. Team events, semifinals and finals as well as extreme canoe slalom events will be geoblocked due to the TV rights restrictions in the following countries Austria, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Slovakia and Slovenia.

For all the other countries, the streaming with Pay per View option will be available on Facebook Live. For all the details visit: https://www.canoe-europe.org/news/live-from-canoe-slalom-european-championships-in-ivrea-on-tv-and-online-1997

Friday's team events will be free of charge, while Saturday's and Sunday's competition will require subscription. All the races will be available for free on Canoe Europe Youtube Channel once the TV rights restrictions expire.

Live results: https://siwidata.com/canoelive/#/splash/icf/1843

Official event website: http://www.ivreaworlds.it/site/

PROGRAMME:

Thursday, 6 May 2021

14:00 Heats WK1, MK1

Friday, 7 May 2021

9:00 Heats WC1, MC1

14:00 Team events

Saturday, 8 May 2021

10:00 Semifinal WK1, MK1

14:00 Final WK1, MK1

17:00 Extreme Canoe Slalom Time trials

Sunday, 9 May 2021

10:00 Semifinal WC1, MC1

14:00 Final WC1, MC1

16:30 Extreme Canoe Slalom (quarterfinal, semifinal, final phase)

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