Over 80 international and national athletes set to participate in the Megha kayak festival 2022

Shillong, Oct 11: The Whitewater village on the Umtrew river in Umtham, Ri Bhoi district is gearing up to become India’s adventure hotspot with the focus on over 80 International and national athletes set to participate in the Megha kayak festival, which is scheduled to be held from October 13-16th, 2022.

The Megha Kayak Festival (MKF) is an international Whitewater Kayaking competition that will include two central events. The downriver time-trail where competitors are required to kayak down a 350 meter long, challenging white-water section and the Extreme Slalom race in which 4 competitors race head-to-head in an elimination race format.

The extreme slalom has recently been recognised by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) as an official Olympic event and will be introduced for the first time in the Olympic games of 2024.

The event organisers are pleased to announce that this year’s event is set to become one of the largest adventure sports extravaganza in the country. Amongst the list of confirmed athletes, it includes current and past Olympians such as Giovanni De Gennaro (Italy), Sofia Reinoso (Mexico), Vavra Hradilek (Czech Republic).

Extreme kayaking world champions Nouria Newman (France) and Adrian Mattern (Germany). The list of such accomplished athletes participating in the event is growing by the day and the organisers expect athletes belonging to over 20 nationalities to eventually be in the fray.

The Whitewater village, Umtham, which is hosting this event is being equipped with world class infrastructure that will be used for the competition  this includes a ramp that stretches across the width of the river.

Kayakers will use this ramp to launch themselves into the water at the start of the race. The visitor areas too are being upgraded to host a large number of spectators, and camping and toilet facilities are being set up in order to accommodate the visiting athletes.

The aim of this festival is to promote adventure tourism and help establish Meghalaya as one of the major water sports destinations globally. With so many internationally well acclaimed adventure sports athletes visiting Meghalaya to compete in this year’s festival, it brings to it the international media and focus as well.

The organisers are confident that this event will provide a much needed impetus for the state to become one of the leading adventure sports destination world wide.

With such a momentous and significant event happening in our state, they as a Society request you to kindly send a press team from as many publications and channels as possible so that this positive and forward looking news is shared.


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