World Games Canoe Schedule 2022, Where to Watch Live Coverage: World Games 2022 will consist of official and invitational sports included in the sports program in the host city of Birmingham. At the upcoming 2022 event, there will be a total of 30 official sports including 54 disciplines, 207 events, and five invitational sports. This time Canoe is going to make an official debut in the form of Canoe Polo and Canoe Marathon at the Birmingham 2022 World Games.
Canoe Marathon will have its first event on July 11, 2022, for both men and women categories at the Oak Mountain State Park venue. On 14th July 2022, the Canoe Polo event will take place for Men & Women at Cross Plex Venue.
Canoe at the World Games 2022
Canoe Polo is also known as Kayak polo, which is a part of the Canoeing competitive disciplines. It is a professional polo sports program, a combination of basketball, water polo, and Kayaking.
Canoe Polo is divided into two teams of 8 players each, 5 on the pitch and 3 on subtitles. The main aim of each team is to score a goal, where the goal is suspended if it falls two meters above the water.
The rules assigned to the Canoe Polo are players can throw the ball using hands or paddles and also use the paddles between the players to shoot the goal. The game usually lasts for 15 to 20 minutes, with half of 7 to 10 minutes. Half time is around 1 to 3 minutes for the teams to change courts. The game begins with a sprint, where the referee throws the ball in the middle of the pitch of water. One player from each of the two teams has to rush forward towards the ball to win the possession. Canoe polo paddles are designed in a lightweight that allows the player to move them swiftly.
Canoe Marathon looks similar to that of Canoe Polo, where the athletes have to paddle a kayak or canoe over a long distance. The event takes place in rivers, lakes, or ocean waters where competitors have to race from one point to another. Players have to overcome the obstacles during the race and sometimes need to take the help of a supporting boat.
To make the Canoe Marathon more entertaining, organizers make use of some portages (artificial or real obstacles) in between the courses or laps. The standard distance for Canoe Marathon is set up to 30 km. It is thrilling and adventurous of all the World Games Sports programs.