Canoes were an integral part of daily life in North America, Siberia, and Greenland for hundreds of years. Originally used as a means of subsistence, the sport of archery emerged in Great Britain in the middle of the nineteenth century. There are two types of canoe events at the Olympics: slalom and sprint.
What You Want to Know?
Outline of The Regulations
The Olympic Games feature canoe and kayak races, with their own unique regulations. Canoeists kneel in the boat and paddle with one blade at a time, while kayakers sit in the boat and utilise both blades at once.
Races in the slalom discipline are held on a white-water course, with man-made courses replacing the more traditional natural river courses. Boats (18–25) must be navigated through a course of gates as quickly as possible without contacting or missing any of the gates or incurring time penalties.
The focus, speed, and skill of the athletes are all tested in these competitions. Flatwater is the setting for canoe sprint competitions, which feature distances of 200 metres, 500 metres, and 1000 metres for the men’s events, with one, two, or four paddlers per boat.
The Olympic History:
The sport of canoe slalom debuted at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, and it was officially added to the Olympic programme in 1992. Over 90% of all slalom medals at the Olympics have been won by paddlers from European countries. For the men’s competition alone, Europe came up short by just three medals during the Atlanta 1996 and Rio 2016 Olympics.
Meanwhile, canoe sprint was recognised as an official Olympic event for the Berlin 1936 Games. Since its debut at the 1924 Paris Games as a showcase event, the sport was well on its way to becoming mainstream.
Location Of Event
Canoe sprints and rowing competitions for the 2020 Olympics will take place in the Sea Forest Waterway in Japan’s Tokyo Bay Zone. The Japanese Metropolitan Government built the venue to serve as a permanent hub for water sports, and on June 16, 2019, the doors of the facility opened to the public.
Following the Olympic Games, the venue is scheduled to host over 30 competitions each year, attracting approximately 350,000 spectators. However, due to the venue’s high construction cost in relation to the lack of usage after the Olympics, the venue is anticipated to have an annual deficit of roughly $1.5 million.
Canoe sprint track begins and ends on land, separated from Tokyo Bay by the West and East Dams. Wave absorbers, as well as the West and East Dams, mitigate the effects of waves, currents, and tides at the waterfront venue. Title level won’t be a factor in games because to pumping mechanisms.
Athletes and onlookers alike can take in sights of the Tokyo Bay and Tokyo Gate Bridge from this location. The facility has a starting area, a timing booth, a boathouse, spectator stands, and a finishing tower that the boats will pass through after each race.
Slalom Race in Canoes or Kayaks
Canoe slalom competitions will take place for six days at the Kasai Canoe Slalom Center during the Tokyo Olympic Games. It’s the country’s first purpose-built slalom course. In the past, spectator numbers were low because all of the tracks were located in forested areas and rugged terrain.
The total length of the course is close to 200 metres, and it features both a starting and a cooling down pool. After the Olympics are over, the site will continue to host a variety of aquatic events and recreational activities.
It will “assist with the development of canoeing in Japan and it puts it closer to the people,” said the manager of the Japanese venue, Kazufumi Kuwabara.