Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Oklahoma City’s RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater center has been selected by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) as the site for as many as seven international race events leading up to the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The series of events begins in August and joins the 2022 Pan American Canoe Slalom Championships slated for May and two other major events recently added to the Boathouse District’s 2022 calendar.
The ICF cited RIVERSPORT’s successful hosting of the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint Super Cup and the city’s willingness to step up and host the 2022 ICF Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) World Cup and 2022 Canoe Sprint Super Cup, events originally scheduled to be held in Russia, as playing a role in the organization’s decision.
“Oklahoma City invested in world-class whitewater rapids and we’ve put in the work to demonstrate excellence in hosting these events,” said Mike Knopp, executive director for RIVERSPORT. “Now, we’re seeing recognition from around the world. It’s a great moment for our city and state.”