Canoeing South Africa
4 Feb 2016
Written by: Dave Macleod
Camps Drift Marathon World Cup cancelled
Pietermaritzburg - A small international entry together with a determination
to host the 2017 Canoe Marathon World Championships at Camps Drift to the
highest possible standards has forced the organisers of the ICF Marathon
World Cup to cancel the event, scheduled for 8 to 10 April this year, and
replace it with a Marathon World Championship test event.
The long travel distances involved combined with tough global economic
conditions and many international federations prioritising their Olympic
disciplines in 2016 led to a very small entry of international paddlers by
the closing date for numerical entries for the World Cup.
After consulting with the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Marathon
Committee it was agreed to cancel the event as part of the ICF Marathon
World Cup circuit, and instead use the solid local interest in the event to
stage a “dress rehearsal” event that would test the logistics for the World
Championships in September 2017.
“It’s unfortunate that we had to come to the logical conclusion to cancel
the event as a World Cup,” said Tim Cornish, who sits on the ICF Marathon
Committee and also heads up the KwaZulu-Natal Canoe Union.
“While the value of the Rand made the trip attractive, and there is always
an interest in racing on a course that will be hosting the World
Championships, it was simply not viable to stage a World Cup for such a
small entry,” he added.
“For some of the Federations there are Marathon athletes who are part of the
final stages of trying to qualify places for the Rio Olympic Games, which
clashed with our plans to stage a Marathon World Cup at Camps Drift in
“The South African Champs in 2015 proved that Camps Drift is an excellent
venue for Marathon format racing and we remain committed to hosting a top
class World Championships at the venue in 2017,” said Cornish.
Cornish confirmed that the ICF Marathon Committee would continue with its
planned meeting in Pietermaritzburg on the original World Cup weekend, and
would work together with the local organising committee to stage the test
event that would involve all the key structural elements including the full
start pontoon and marathon racing buoys and portage layout.
Head of the local organising committee Brett Austen Smith said that
cancelling the World Cup was disappointing but that the plans for hosting
the 2017 World Championships were still firmly on track.
“Fortunately there will be plenty of opportunity for international paddlers
to train and race on the course before the Worlds,” said Austen Smith.
“We will be hosting the test event this April, and next year we will have
the KZN champs at the end of May, and the SA Champs on June 10 and 11 where
the internationals can race on the course against our top paddlers.”
The 2017 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships take place at Camps Drift
from 5 to 10 September 2017.
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Head of the organising
committee for the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships 2017 Brett Austen
Smith has confirmed the cancellation of the 2016 World Cup, which will be
replaced by a World Champs test event. “Fortunately there will be plenty
of opportunity for international paddlers to train and race on the course
before the Worlds,” said Austen Smith.
A poor entry caused by long
travel distances and conflicts with Olympic priorities has forced the
cancellation of the 2016 Marathon World Cup at Camps Drift. “The South
African Champs in 2015 proved that Camps Drift is an excellent venue for
Marathon format racing and we remain committed to hosting a top class
World Championships at the venue in 2017,” said ICF Marathon Committee
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