Now ICF defiantly schedules SUP World Cup event in further blow to ISA
The International Canoe Federation will hold a Stand Up Paddling (SUP) event this September in Germany, another move in defiance of the International Surfing Association.
The ICF has formed a partnership with Hamburg-based sports rights company ACT Agency to host the SUP World Cup in Scharbeutz, in the north of Germany, from 6 to 8 September.
This will be a warm-up ahead of this year’s inaugural - and controversial - ICF SUP World Championships in Qingdao, which was only awarded to the Chinese Canoe Association last week.
The International Surfing Association claims that it, and not the ICF, should be in charge of SUP events. This view was backed up by a court’s decision in Portugal last year, when the ICF had to cancel the planned inaugural SUP World Championships after it was ruled in Portuguese court that the discipline should fall under the purview of the national surfing body.
The ICF claimed at the time that it had multiple offers to stage a replacement SUP World Championships, with its inaugural event slated for October.
The ICF and ISA have been embroiled in this dispute around who should control SUP ever since August 2016, and the matter was referred in 2018 to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Lausanne.