【Competition Venues:Sea Forest Waterway】
Canoe events at the Paralympic Games consist of the 200m sprint, with events separated into three classifications: KL1, KL2 and KL3, depending on the extent of impairment of trunk and leg function.
Para-canoe has two disciplines: kayaking and Va'a (outrigger canoe) racing. For kayaking, alternate paddle (oar) strokes on either side of the canoe propel the canoe move forward. For Va'a racing, on the other hand, a lateral support float called “outrigger” is fastened to one side of a canoe, so that strokes on the other side propel the canoe forward.
At the Rio Paralympic Games, men's and women's kayaking events (A, TA, LTA) will be held. At the Tokyo Paralympics, both kayaking and Va'a racing events are scheduled to be held.
Canoeing first became a recognised sport in the 19th century, with the first race being held in 1866 on the River Thames in England. At that time, clinker-built canoes made by pasting planks overlapping each other were used.
Canoe will become an official sport for the first time at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
(IPC Announcement, September4, 2017)
Limb deficiency (impairment of upper and/or lower limb function)
（As of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games）