International Canoe Federation
Formation1946; 78 years ago (1946)
TypeSports federation
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
Region served
Thomas Konietzko
Main organ
AffiliationsInternational Olympic Committee

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) is the umbrella organization of all national canoe organizations worldwide. It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, and administers all aspects of canoe sport worldwide. 157 countries are affiliated with the ICF after seven national federations were added at the 2008 ICF Congress in Rome.[1]

In light of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the ICF suspended athletes from Russia and Belarus from competing at any International Canoe Federation events, and suspended all officials from Russia and Belarus from officiating at any event sanctioned by ICF, and from attending or taking part in any ICF meetings, committees, and forums.[2] In March 2023, the Russian Canoe Federation sent a letter addressing the ISF and urging them to reverse the decision and allow Russian athletes to compete at ISF events. The RCF's statement included claims that the war was actually started by Ukraine and that "Russia defends peace".[3] In May 2023, the International Canoe Federation reinstated Russian and Belarusian athletes, shortly after a Russian missile attack forced cancellation of a canoe event in Ukraine.[4]


Whitewater / Wildwater
Flatwater and Ocean

Executive board


Continental associations

There are five continental associations affiliated with the ICF. These associations are responsible for organizing continental championships, providing support for their member federations and communicating their interests at the ICF Board meetings.[12]

National members

Further information: Category:National members of the International Canoe Federation

See also


  1. ^ "LONDON 2012 ICF FACT SHEET" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  2. ^ "ICF suspends Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials". March 2022.
  3. ^ Russland bei Olympia: Usmanows FIE beglückt das IOC mit Hilfe des Deutschen Fechter-Bundes
  4. ^ ICF rules Russians can return to competition just day after missile attack forces cancellation of canoe event in Ukraine
  5. ^ "International Canoe Federation - Paracanoe". Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  6. ^ International Canoe Federation - Va'a Archived 2015-06-19 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "International Surfski Paddling Association Launched". 28 January 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  8. ^ Germany’s "Lost Mills" Becomes First SUP Race to Be Sanctioned by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) SUP Racer, 28 March 2016
  9. ^ Surfing and canoeing in row over stand up paddle boarding ownership BBC, 5 April 2017
  10. ^ Surf’s up at SportAccord: An interview with Fernando Aguerre SportsPro, 5 April 2017
  11. ^ Surf and canoe bosses in Olympic battle over stand-up paddleboarding NZ Herald, 6 April 2017
  12. ^ Continental Associations Archived 2012-03-28 at the Wayback Machine