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Organisers claim to be hopeful that some of the world’s best sprinters and marathon racers will compete at the inaugural International Canoe Federation (ICF)-organised Stand-Up Paddling World Championships in Portugal later this year.

The event is due to be held between August 30 and September 2 at the Esposende and Viana do Castelo in Portugal.

It falls in between the Canoe Sprint and and Canoe Marathon World Championships also taking place in Portugal.

A combination of different events will take place, ranging from 200 metres sprints to 19.5 kilometres long-distance to a 3km technical race.

It comes amid an ongoing dispute between the ICF and the International Surfing Association (ISA) over the discipline of stand-up paddle (SUP) – which involves athletes standing on a board and using a paddle to move across the water.

It was announced late last year that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) are mediating in an attempt to find a solution after the two parties were unable to reach a consensus together.

Little improvement in relations appears to have been made since.

The ISA claim to represent the grassroots side of the discipline and had initially hoped to incorporate SUP into their application for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The ISA already hosts its own World Championship with the most recent edition held in VorupĂžr in Denmark in September.

The ISA also hold Stand-Up Paddle events as part of their World Championships