The first preparatory meeting for the FISU (International University Sports Federation) Canoeing World Cup took place at the Centro Náutico de Montemor-o-Velho, Portugal. This important event will be held from 21 to 24 August 2024.

From 21 to 24 August, the Centro Náutico de Montemor-o-Velho will host the FISU World University Canoeing Championship. The first preparatory meeting for the competition took place with the participation of the Academic Federation of University Sports, the organisers of the event, and the Municipality of Montemor-o-Velho. 

Ricardo Nora and Diogo Salgado Braz, president and vice-president respectively of FADU Portugal, were present at the meeting, as well as the institution's secretary general, Arménio Coelho, and employees and directors of the Montemor-o-Velho Municipality. 

Décio Matias, Vice-President of the Municipal Council and responsible for Sport, was delighted that "once again Montemor-o-Velho and the Centro Náutico will be the home of an elite race that will bring together around 300 canoeists from different parts of the world." "The Municipality is committed to ensuring that the athletes and the public will have an unforgettable experience in a place of excellence," he added proudly. 

The World University Canoeing Championship promises to be a true festival of nations and has the partnership of the Academic Association of Coimbra, the Portuguese Canoeing Federation and the support of the Municipality of Montemor-o-Velho. 

Leonz Eder is the president of the International University Sports Federation. FISU
Leonz Eder is the president of the International University Sports Federation. FISU

It should be remembered that the Nautical Centre recently hosted the National University Rowing Championship (5th May) and the National University Canoeing Championship (18th May). 

FISU President Leonz Eder said in a general past welcome message, "I am delighted to welcome you to Montemor-o-Velho. Competing at the World University Championships is a career highlight for many athletes. For others, it is a step up to the next level. All have in common that they meet like-minded people. FISU firmly believes that university athletes are the role models and future leaders the world needs". 

"Meanwhile, none of the FISU events would be possible without the gracious generosity of our hosts. I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the National University Sports Federation of Portugal, the organisers for their commitment and the volunteers for their strong will to serve this event. I am confident that you will do the same. I am confident that this event will give you every opportunity to shine," he added.