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Jul 19, 2018

ICF Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe World Championships presented at the headquarters of the Olympic Committee

The clock does not stop. The ICF Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe World Championships is already there. The headquarters of the Olympic Committee of Portugal received the presentation of the biggest event of canoeing in 2018, which will take place between 22 and 26 August. Altogether, there will be, in Montemor-o-Velho, around 80 countries, with 1.500 athletes.

Three times european champion in K1 1.000 meters and world champion in K1 5.000, in 2017, Fernando Pimenta recalled that the level in a World Championship «is very high». «The first big step is to reach the final and then try to be in the fight for the podiums», he said, before taking on the objective of qualifying for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Teresa Portela and Joana Vasconcelos won, last month, the gold medal in K2 200 meters in the European Championship. «It's a new challenge», said Teresa Portela conveyed in reference to K2 participation, with the canoeist assuming the presence in the final could be considered «a good result».

In turn, Joana Vasconcelos also pointed to the final as the main objective, ensuring that «whatever comes more will be welcome». The canoeist appealed for support from the portuguese public in Montemor-o-Velho, asking them to attend the High Performance Center.

«We will be present with one of the biggest competitions ever, with 40 athletes, 12 of whom will be part of the Tokyo 2020 olympic project», said Ricardo Machado, with the vice president of the Portuguese Canoeing Federation showing «confidence» in obtaining «good results» in the ICF Canoe Sprint & Paracanoe World Championships due to the portuguese team of «good level athletes».

The press conference also had the presence of José Manuel Constantino, president of the Olympic Committee of Portugal; José Manuel Lourenço, president of the Paralympic Committee of Portugal; and Augusto Baganha, president of the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth.