Since the rapid escalation of COVID-19 in March 2020 the canoe slalom international panel (IP) has been working hard behind the scenes to provide clarity for athletes in an ever evolving landscape.
On 2nd July, British Canoeing announced that due to the ongoing health concerns, uncertainty if competitions will take place and no domestic competition yet scheduled for a selection process to be undertaken that no representative teams will be selected for the 2020 international season in canoe slalom and across the sport.
The decision by the British Canoeing Board, supported by the canoe slalom IP, has been made to protect the health and wellbeing of athletes, staff and volunteers. We recognise the disappointment that many may feel and fully support the BC Slalom committee in seeking to run open domestic races this year when and if Government guidelines permit.
We also recognise that the restrictions within the United Kingdom have not been uniform and many people remain significantly restricted from access to training through government guidelines or other circumstances.
With people now having clarity around International competitions in 2020, we hope people can now make plans for 2021 to fit their own circumstances during these challenging times.
As an International Panel we have already been working hard on looking ahead to 2021 and wish to share the following regarding the 2021 selection process.