AURONZO DI CADORE, ON 26-28 JUNE THE INTERNATIONAL FLATWATER SPRINT CANOE REGATTA
“GENERAL TEST EVENT” FOR THE EUROPEAN DRAGON BOAT
CHAMPIONSHIPS ON 2-5 JULY
Buonfiglio (FICK president): «Two important events in sight of the 2016 Rio Olympics»
Venice, 26 January 2015 – In the summer of 2015 a double feature of sport and competition in Auronzo di Cadore (Belluno). The important European Dragon Boat Championships for Clubs and Nations, which from 2-5 July will be hosted for the first time in Italy, will enjoy an exceptional preview with the International Flatwater Canoe Sprint regatta (combined together with the Italian Masters Championships) programmed one weekend earlier, from 26-28 June on the flat waters of Lake Santa Caterina. Two weekends to experience in the breathtaking Dolomite surroundings of Auronzo. The registrations for the International regatta at the end of June (organised by Venice Canoe & Dragon Boat together with the FICK Regional Committee) are already open and, already the National teams of theCzech Republic and Croatia have indicated their participation, while the Italian team will bring the Junior and Ragazzi.
«Auronzo di Cadore is present, and enters once again this year into the main scenes of the 2015 season – the “blessing” of the National President Luciano Buonfiglio – A location and an organisation that has in these years demonstrated to be up to the occasion and it is not by chance that they will be hosting other prestigious events. In the year in which the qualifications for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics for the canoe and paracanoe will be decided in Italy, with the World Championships at the Idroscalo in August, Auronzo di Cadore becomes an important crossroads with the International regatta which will allow many International teams to arrive in Italy, compete with the rest of the world and further refine their path towards the Brasilian Games».
A key event also for the Organising Committee (Venice Canoe & Dragon Boat, the City Council of Auronzo and the Auronzo-Misurina Tourist Board) in view of, as already said, the much waited for European Dragon Boat Championships on 2-5 July: information and updates for both events can be found at the official website www.auronzocanoe.com, in addition to the offer to be able to hold meetings and training camps for the canoe and dragon boat, aimed both Italian and foreign clubs and national teams.
«Italy has once again been called upon to welcome the best of the sporting world and gives life to two events of international standard – continues Buonfiglio, “helmsman” for FICK and Vice President of CONI-. The staff has been in action for a number of years in Auronzo and has already proven its quality. Now in this 2015 edition, it will have to do it again, with the knowledge of not only being capable but also with the desire and ability to always improve. Canoe, paracanoe and dragon boat call Auronzo; the reply, we know, will be more than ready and positive. And we, as the Italian Canoe and Kayak Federation, will obviously be close and actively collaborate to achieve more satisfying and unforgettable moments».