„I believe that the organizing committee is well prepared for such a great event which opens the international competitions,” Albert Woods, President of the European Canoe Association, said during the Opening ceremony. He also wished all of the participants successful start into the new season.
There are 846 participants from 35 countries at the European Canoe Sprint Seniors Championships. There are 23 disciplines on program. The first race (women 1 km, category K1) starts on Friday at 8 a.m.
The European Championships returns to the Czech Republic after nine years. There is also one participant from Brazil - paracanoeist Fernando Rufino. Brazil will organize the 2016 Summer Olympics where paracanoe events will take place for the first time and that’s why Rufino joined this competition.