Eca junior slalom cup. Athletes from 21 countries on four continents have been registered with Italy taking the lion’s share
IVREA. Three days of competition, this weekend, which can be considered a sort of tasty anticipation and dress rehearsal of the ICF canoe slalom junior & under23 world championships in July. These first tests are organized by the Ivrea Canoa club: on Friday 24 in the stadium of the Ivrea canoe of dispute the Italian Under 23 Championship, while on Saturday and Sunday, again on the race channel located on the waters of the Dora Baltea, the Junior Eca is scheduled. slalom cup, international competition for under 16 and under 18 also open to the under 14 and under 23 categories. On Friday the under 23 will compete for the national titles for the male and female categories of K1, C1 and C2, both individual and team. The program includes the first qualifying heat at 10 and, at the end, the second; the final will start at 14 and an hour later the team test will take place. Award ceremony at 4 pm, in the park of the canoe stadium. The race will give valuable information to the technical director of the slalom canoe national team, Daniele Molmenti in view of the world championship appointment in July: «Friday – he recently declared – the athletes will still have a chance to demonstrate their condition. Saturday 25th we will therefore have the definitive list of the Azzurri who will participate in this World Cup that we will be able to play “at home” ».
Saturday and Sunday there will be an international air: athletes from 21 countries from four continents are already registered (only Africa is missing), with Italy taking the lion’s share, together with nations that boast a consolidated canoeing tradition such as Austria, France , Slovenia and Switzerland. But there is no shortage of countries that, with more or less numerous representations, come from afar, such as Mexico, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. On Saturday the qualifiers will be played at will be played in the morning, starting at 9.30, while the finals are scheduled in the afternoon (from 14). Similar program on Sunday, but half an hour earlier: qualifying at 9 am, finals at 2 pm, to make way for the awards ceremony at 4.30 pm. On the list that Molmenti will draw up at the end of the race on Friday there may also be some Ivorian athletes: the candidates with the greatest chance of calling up are, according to the technicians of the Ivrea club, Lucia, Michele and Matteo Pistoni, Davide Ghisetti, Elio Maitto, Cecilia Marchegiano, Simone Bernard and Carolina Massarenti. For them there is certainly the advantage of trying their hand on water that they not only know well but on which they grew up and have built a career that could now have a world championship outlet.