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Kajakaški savez Srbije neugodno je iznenađen odlukom u vezi sa novim programom kajakaških takmičenja za Olimpijske igre u Parizu 2024. godine.

Prema predlogu Upravnog odbora Međunarodne kajakaške federacije na Olimpijskim igrama 2024. godine biće samo 10 disciplina u sprintu umesto dosadašnjih 12. Dva preostala mesta dodeljena su takozvanom „ekstremnom slalomu“.

Veoma sam zabrinut, pre svega, zbog načina na koji je takva odluka doneta. Neverovatno je da se olimpijski program menja bez prethodnih konsultacija sa bilo kim, niti sa nacionalnim savezima niti takmičarima, već da se cela kajakaška porodica dovede pred svršen čin. Međunarodna kajakaška federacija je i nastala na osnovu takmičenja u sprintu, a ovakva trgovina kvotama i disciplinama na najvećem sportskom takmičenju deluje bezobzirno, neozbiljno i sa sobom potencijalno nosi velike posledice po naš sport”, naglasio je predsednik Kajakaškog saveza Srbije, Mirko Nišović.

Takmičenja u sprintu na poslednja tri svetska prvenstva beleže rekordan broj učesnika, kao i rekordne posete publike. Upravo zbog toga je odluka o smanjenju broja disciplina u sprintu u najmanju ruku nejasna. Takođe, uvrštavanje discipline koja je još uvek praktično nepoznata u olimpijski program, samo dve ipo godine pre kvalifikacija šalje pogrešnu poruku, pre svega, takmičarima, kao i ostalim zainteresovanim stranama.

Promena olimpijskog programa samo tri godine pre narednih Igara je neozbiljna i bezobzirna pre svega prema aktivnim takmičarima, ali i prema novim nadama našeg sporta, koji tek treba da se opredele za disciplinu. Takođe je nejasno i kako je moguće da u olimpijski program bude uvrštena disciplina koja još nije dovoljno razvijena niti popularisana u većini članica ICF. S obzirom da još ne znamo konačnan predlog programa za takmičenja u sprintu za Olimpijske igre 2024. godine, nadam se da će oni koji su izabrani da čuvaju naš sport dobro razmisliti pre nego što donesu tako važnu odluku”, izrazio je zabrinutost olimpijski šampion iz 1984. godine.

S obzirom na negativne i emotivne reakcije naših reprezentativaca, ali i najvećih imena našeg sporta iz drugih zemalja, Kajakaški savez Srbije nada se da će Međunarodna kajakaša fedaracija i Međunarodni olimpijski komitet preispitati takvu odluku i da će ubuduće odluke koje se odnose na budućnost našeg sporta donositi pravovremeno, transparentno i u saradnji sa svima.

 

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The Canoe Federation of Serbia is unpleasantly surprised by the proposal for the new program of canoe competitions at the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024.

According to the decision of the Board of Directors of the International Canoe Federation, at the Olympic Games in 2024, there will be only 10 sprint disciplines instead of the previous 12. The two remaining places are to be awarded to the „extreme slalom„.

I am very worried, first of all, because of the way such a decision was made. It is unbelievable that the changes to the Olympic program were made without prior consultations with anyone, neither with the national federations nor the competitors, and that the entire canoe family were brought to the fait accompli. The International Canoe Federation was formed on the basis of the sprint competition, and this kind of ‘trade’ in quotas and disciplines at the biggest sporting competition seems reckless, frivolous and can potentially have tremendous consequences for our sport„, Mirko Nišović the president of the Canoe Federation of Serbia said.

Canoe sprint competitions at the last three World Championships have had a record number of participants, as well as record audience visits. That is why the decision to reduce the number of disciplines in sprint is, to say the least, unclear. Also, the introduction of a still unknown discipline into the Olympic program, only two and a half years before the qualifications, sends the wrong message, first of all, to the competitors, as well as other stakeholders.

Changing the Olympic program only three years before the next Games is inconsiderate and irresponsible, primarily towards active competitors, but also towards the new hopes of our sport who have yet to decide on a discipline. It is also unclear how it is possible to include in the Olympic program a discipline that is not yet sufficiently developed or popularized in most ICF member federations. As we do not yet know the final proposal of the program for sprint competitions at the 2024 Olympic Games, I hope that those who have been chosen to protect our sport will think twice before making such an important decision,“ the 1984 Olympic champion stated.

Given the negative and emotional reactions of our national team members, but also from the biggest names in our sport from other countries, the Canoe Federation of Serbia hopes that the International Canoe Federation and the International Olympic Committee will reconsider such a decision and that further decisions regarding the future of our sport will be made timely, transparently and in cooperation with all stakeholders.