2009 was a breakthrough year on a number of counts and Canoe Polo, one of the ICF’s rapidly growing disciplines, was not immune to the tide of change.
Widely welcomed by athletes, federations and the media alike, the carefully considered changes to Canoe Polo were made to produce a more attacking hence attractive and exciting game. The points system changed along with the introduction of an ‘overtime/golden goal’ rule which replaced penalty shoot-outs. With input from TV, the media and spectators, together with an ongoing review, the ICF Canoe Polo Committee are currently considering how to make this discipline even more exciting while still maintaining its unique elements. Greg Smale – Chairman of the Canoe Polo Committee – talks to the ICF about the changes and the progress of the sport.