Russian sporting event moved to Oklahoma City amid invasion

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A Russian sporting event has been moved to Oklahoma City amid the invasion of Ukraine. For the second year in a row, Oklahoma City’s RIVERSPORT will host the Sprint Canoe Super Cup. When asked to host the events at the OKC site, they immediately agreed. So Oklahoma City stepped in. “Well, to be honest, I took a deep breath when we got the request, and there’s a challenge, I mean putting on two major events, one is a big thing, then two,” said Mike said. Knopp, executive director of RIVERSPORT.Despite the call a week ago, Knopp said they want to take Oklahoma’s standard and challenge once again and welcome over 100 of the top water sports athletes in the world. “We want these athletes to still be able to compete, despite having been displaced from this global conflict in Russia and Ukraine,” Knopp said. Knopp and OKC Mayor David Holt agree that the city and location have proven they are ready for.” which is truly one of the best venues of its kind in the entire world and right next to it, we have our river which is an Olympic training site on the sprint side,” Knopp said. The Sprint Cup and the Stand Up Paddling World Cup will take place in August.

A Russian sporting event has been moved to Oklahoma City amid the invasion of Ukraine.

For the second consecutive year, Oklahoma City’s RIVERSPORT will host the Canoe Sprint Super Cup. When asked to organize the events on the OKC site, they immediately agreed.

Two major canoeing events were scheduled for Moscow in August, but there is no way to stage them while the nation is at war. So Oklahoma City stepped in.

“Well, to be honest, I took a deep breath when we got the request, and there’s a challenge, I mean putting on two major events, one is a big thing, then two,” said said Mike Knopp, Executive Director of RIVERSPORT.

Although he got the call a week ago, Knopp said he wants to take the Oklahoma standard and take on the challenge again and host more than 100 of the world’s top water sports athletes.

“We want these athletes to still be able to compete, even though they’ve been moved from this global conflict to Russia and Ukraine,” Knopp said.

Knopp and OKC Mayor David Holt agree the city and site have proven they are ready.

“We have this beautiful whitewater venue which is really one of the best venues of its type in the whole world and right next to it we have our river which is an Olympic training venue on the sprint side,” said said Knopp.

The Sprint Cup and the Stand Up Paddling World Cup will take place in August.

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