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IRF Newsletter - April 2004

Contents:
1) BIDDING FOR 2005 WORLD RAFTING CHAMPS
2) EURO CUP
3) RAFT RACES
4) SAD NEWS
 

1) BIDDING FOR 2005 WORLD RAFTING CHAMPS
The date for receiving bids has passed and we are very happy to tell you we have received no less than FIVE well put together bids! These bids were received from:

Ecuador
Indonesia
Mexico
Philippines
Uganda

These bids have been assessed by the IRF BOD. The process now is that a short list is being drawn up for round two and these bids will undergo further assessment. A third list will be drawn up for scouting trips and then the final decision will be made. We will keep you informed with these developments.

In the meantime we would like to thank those that entered their bids and hope that we all get a chance to compete in your countries soon, whether it is for the WRC or for another international event. The standard of the bids was very high. This is extremely encouraging for the future of the sport of rafting.

   NEW !!!  World Rafting Championschip 2005 will host Ecuador.

2) EURO CUP
The Euro Cup series is being launched officially this year. This is a series of international events, class C, aimed at developing cooperation between federations and helping to widen the range of teams that paddle at international events. Rules can be found at www.e-rafting.info/rafting/rules/04EC.asp. A number of people have worked very hard to get the Euro Cup up to this level and in particular we can thank Stan Hajek and Robert Kazik.

The 2004 Euro Cup will be launched at the first event which will be held on the Salza in Austria in April (see below).
 

3) RAFT RACES
 

a) 3rd AUSTRIAN RAFTING COMPETITION & EURO CUP RACE:
On the river Salza, April 24 - 25. Up to date there are 21 men and 7 women teams from Germany, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech Republic., Hungary and Austria.
You can find the list of entries and photos of the reconstruction of the rapid at www.raftingsport.com http://www.raftingsport.com. Contact Gerhard Enickl for more information gerhard.enickl@tropenglut.com

b) CROATIAN EURO CUP RACE - had to be cancelled. The hotel being built by the river and willing to sponsor the event was not finished by Easter.

c) INDIA CUP - this event happened in mid March and was enjoyed by all who attended. Congratulations to the Czechs for making a clean sweep of the women's and men's sections with the Austrian men and Slovakian women taking second places and India taking third in both.

d) DUTCH OPEN 100m SPRINT:- Friday 30 April, organised by the Omni Club "De Batavieren" out of Helmond.
Contact Harry Vermeulen on h.vermeulen3@chello.nl.
 

4) SAD NEWS
We regret to have to announce the sad news that on the 17 January 2004 two members of the Czech WRC team, Jiri Kafka and Jan Trefny, were buried in an avalanche while climbing in the West Tatra mountains. They sadly will never be able to defend their titles of world champions. They will be missed by all the paddling community.
 

Sue Liell-Cock
International Rafting Federation - Secretary & Administrator
Tel: 27-21-7128503; Fax: 27-21-6743405
www.IntRaftFed.com


 

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