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Canoeing comes to the Rio Paralympics

The first ever canoe competitions in the Paralympics Games have been confirmed.

However, only kayaking events will make up the first-ever schedule.

The 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro will play host to six kayaking events: the K1, K2 and K3 competitions, each with separate contests for men and women.

The reason why there are no canoeing events in the Games is due to doubts with the boats used in competition, which are a bit different from the ones that can be hired for canoe trips in Chester.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said the Va’a boat classification needs to be researched more, adding that this could not be done ahead of qualification.

The IPC’s Xavier Gonzalez commented:

“As a result only kayak events will be included in the sport’s debut at Rio 2016.”

This will see kayakers reclassified in August, when the International Canoe Federation World Championships take place in Milan. An official qualifier for Rio 2016, it will be the first world championships to be held in line with the new classification process.

The new procedure sees an end to classifications taking place just ahead of an event, which has significantly reduced some competitors’ chances in competitions in the past.

Both the men’s and women’s competitions will be held on a 200m course at the Lagoa Stadium. The course, which has the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and Tijuca National Forest as its backdrop, has been specially designed for the Games.

The confirmation of the events follows a long period of research and reclassification, after canoe events were first added to the Paralympic programme in December 2010.