There are now less than 600 days to go until the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and just over 600 until the start of the Paralympic Games. British Canoeing is delighted to share that earlier this year it formally agreed a partnership with the Japanese Canoe Federation to confirm the pre-games training venue for canoe sprint and paracanoe.
It will see British Canoeing, the British Olympic Association (BOA) and the British Paralympic Association (BPA) working together with the Japan Canoe Federation, the region of Ishikawa and the city of Komatsu to create the best training environment for our selected athletes in the final training block prior to the Games.
Following two visits to Japan, supported by the BOA and BPA, to assess a number of potential sites, British Canoeing is delighted to confirm that Lake Kiba in the Ishikawa Prefecture will be used as the preparation camp due to its unique, specialist flat water facilities.
The Lake Kiba site is located on the outskirts of Komatsu and is around 45 minute flight time from Tokyo. It provides a 1200m regatta lake with start gates and is fully accessible for paracanoe athletes. In January this year, a brand new performance gym was opened on the site.
At the Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships in Portugal the partnership was agreed with a formal handshake between British Canoeing Chief Executive David Joy and the Secretary General of the Japan Canoe Federation, Toshihiko Furuya.
Paul Ratcliffe, Performance Director for British Canoeing, said: “We are delighted to develop this partnership with Japan Canoe Federation to secure this fantastic venue for our canoe sprint and paracanoe holding camps.
“The facilities at Lake Kiba will enable our athletes to acclimatise well and make their final competition preparations in a world class environment.
“The focus now over the next 12 months will be on qualification of boat quota places for the Tokyo 2020 Games.”