Hungarian Canoe Federation

Olympic Hopes Regatta

Szeged, Hungary


Dear National Federations,

Your are kindly invited to the Olympic canoe regatta course in Szeged, between 23-25 September 2016.

In this Bulletin we wish to summarize the most vital and useful bits of information not just on the competition, board, lodging and the services included in the participation fee, but also on the city of Szeged.

We sincerely hope you will accept our invitation and we will spend three memorable days together in the City of Sunshine Hungary deservedly famous for its hospitality. This is already the second time, that we will meet at the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Szeged.

Organizing Committee


Competition Programme

20 Sept. 22 Sept. 23 Sept. 24 Sept. 25 Sept.
Tuesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Access Period Begins Official Training 200 m Competition Day 1000 m Competition Day 500 m Competition Day
Starting Machine Test
Team Leader's Meeting


Age Group 200 m 500 m 1000 m
women, men
C-1, K-1 C-1, K-1 C-1, K-1
women, men
K-1, K-2
C-1, C-2
K-1, K-2
C-1, C-2
K-1, K-2
C-1, C-2
women, men
K-1, K-2
C-1, C-2
K-1, K-2
C-1, C-2
K-1, K-2
C-1, C-2
K-4 K-4
K-4, C-4 K-4, C-4

Cup of Nations

Each country will receive points according to the results in the Final A races as follows:

Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
Points 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2


Entries and booking

Countries can enter two boats per event.

All the official forms of the event are available online so you can submit the entries exclusively online. You are kindly requested to fill out the online forms by the deadlines indicated below. You can reach them on Prior to logging in for the first time please send an email to

In response you receive the relevant username and password. It is essential to obtain it — even if you had earlier used our system for other races — as this will activate your access to this specific event. The system will automatically display the next deadline you need to observe. Nevertheless the Organizing Committee will surely contact you before the upcoming deadlines so you can keep them as set.

Please keep in mind! The online entry system will automatically close on 29th August 2016 at 24:00 hours (CET)! For any help with the online system of the Organizing Committee you can always contact the administrator directly at:

The Participation fee includes
the following services

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day
  • Participation
  • Medical care at the course
  • Fully comprehensive insurance of the event
  • Access pass and parking for one trailer and one accredited vehicle (up to 3,5 t)


All participants are kindly requested to contact the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate in their respective country (or the nearest to you) well in advance regarding the visa requirements. The difficulty of obtaining visa to Hungary varies by regions but you should calculate with a 45-day term to ensure your visa is safely granted.

Board and Lodging

As there are different categories of accommodation the participation fees vary as follows:

Category 1 Category 2 Visegrad Group
*** and **** star
hotels with A/C
* and ** hotels, motels,
guest houses and inns
person / day person / day person / day
Single Room €110 Single Room €85 3 or 4-Bed Room €49
Double Room €95 Double or Triple Room €75

According to the Convention the Organizing Committee offers a discount price for the Visegrad Group. Higher category is also available at full rate if required.

Please keep in mind! Due to the limited availability of hotel rooms in the various categories the reservations will be accepted on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis which means your team will be redirected to a category different from the initially requested if there are not enough rooms available in the required category.

Check-in time is 14:00. The rooms are to be vacated until 10:00 on the day of departure.

The Organizing Committee does not take responsibility for any extra service of the hotel, like mini-bar, telephone, parking, etc., these costs are to be paid directly to the hotel. In case your team causes any damage to the rooms be ready to pay for it on the spot or otherwise our federation will invoice you the cost of the damage afterwards.

If you need help with the booking from the Organizing Committee please feel free to contact Tamas VARGA (Head of Hospitality) directly at:


Preliminary entry 2nd May
Numerical entry 11th July
Hotel reservation 11th July
Boat rental 11th July
Nominal entry 29th Aug
Final travel info and transportation 29th Aug


Payment Schedule

The participation fees are to be paid in the following installments:

60% 40%
by 11th July 2016 upon arrival

Please keep in mind! Please do not forget about the transaction fees. It is your responsibility to pay all the charges when transferring money to our account.

Accepted methods of payment
on the spot

Besides cash (only Euro and US Dollar are accepted) Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted. We do not accept American Express credit card and Travellers Cheque.

Cancellation terms

Should you cancel your booking, a charge will be made equivalent to any loss suffered by the Organizing Committee, as itemized below. The amount of any cancellation fee will be calculated as a percentage of the total payable participation fee according to the following period of notice given:

  • No charge if cancelled until 15th August 2016
  • 50% if cancelled in the period between 16th - 29th August 2016
  • 100% if cancelled after 29th August 2016

Bank Details

Beneficiary Hungarian Canoe Federation
1138 Budapest, Latorca utca 2.
Bank name Gránit Bank Zrt.
Bank address 1095 Budapest, Lechner Ödön fasor 8.
Bank account no. 12100011-10208890-00000000
IBAN Number HU65 12100011 10208890 00000000
Transaction Message Please indicate your federation as well as the competition's name.



Transfer between Budapest Airport and Szeged is offered for parties larger than 3 persons arriving together at the same time for 35 € / person / one way. Individuals and teams of 3 or less requiring transfer should contact the Organizing Committee for a special rate.

The city-centre of Szeged is about 7 kilometres away from the course. Transportation from the downtown to the course and back is to be solved by competitors without any transportation means, but buses running on a timetable will be organized from the city-centre of Szeged to the course and back if there is sufficient demand for it.

Please don’t forget to indicate your demand upon filling in the transportation form, if you plan to use this service.

Boat Rental

The Organizing Committee has a limited number of boats available for rental purposes (Nelo and Plastex). You may obtain rental boats by filling in the corresponding form and returning it by 26th June as indicated. Boat rental requests received thereafter will be considered, but the Organizing Committee cannot guarantee the requested brand or model and the rental prices double after 26th June. The deposit of the total rental price is to be wired with the boat reservation form. Reservations without a deposit will not be accepted.

Before 26th June After 26th June
K-1 / C-1 €30 / day €60 / day
K-2 / C-2 €50 / day €100 / day
K-4 / C-4 €70 / day €140 / day


Olympic Centre, Maty-ér

The canoe and rowing course was built between 1979 and 1981. The Olympic Centre is primarily used by canoeing, rowing, triathlon, fishing and leisure time sports. The complete area of the facility extends on almost 76ha. In addition to the national and international competitions, the facility offers services for training camps as well. The National Canoe and Rowing Olympic Centre is one of Europe’s outstanding water-sport bases, also a significant tourist base in Hungary, thanks to its features and to the lively cultural life offered by the City of Szeged.

Main Details of the Course

The 2400 m long, 122 m wide regatta course is located two kilometres south of Szeged. Being an artificial course, hydro-dynamism is not an issue here as it is also quite well sheltered from strong winds. It is equipped with Albano system and has nine lanes along with a separate warm-up lane. There will be an electric timing system with photo finish and video recording. Automatic start system will be used for the start. The facility fully meets the ICF requirements.

How to get there?

Szeged is 167 kms away south of Hungary's capital city, Budapest. Szeged is best accessible on M5 highway. You can get to the race course on the road to Baja (main road No. 55) and from the road to Röszke/Serbia (E75). Szeged can also be reached by Intercity train service.


H-6725 Szeged, Alsóvárosi feketeföldek 158.

GPS coordinates
46°13’27” N 20°04’15” E


Main Events
in Chronological Order

1989 Junior Rowing World Championships
1991 Fresh-Water Fishing World Championships
1998 Senior Canoe Sprint World Championships
2002 Senior Canoe Sprint European Championships
2005 Junior Canoe Sprint World Championships
2005 Masters Canoe Sprint European Championships
2006 Senior Canoe Sprint World Championships
2008 Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint European Championships
2010 Dragon-boat World Championships
2011 Senior Canoe Sprint World Championships
2012 Olympic Hopes Regatta
2014 Junior and U23 Sprint World Championships

The "City of Sunshine"

Szeged is the biggest city of the southern part of the Great Plain, and serves as the seat of Csongrád County since 1962. It is also the administrative, cultural and business centre of the region. It is situated on both banks of the Tisza River. The biggest part of the city is on the right bank of the river, while the residential-type part, New-Szeged is located on the left bank, between the rivers Tisza and Maros. The microclimate of Szeged is varied and very specific to the region greatly affected by the Tisza. The ancient fauna of the once flooded areas have been relocated to the protected area of Pusztaszer National Memorial Park by now. The Park also showcases the regional culture and includes the Fehér Lake. Szeged is known for the high amount of sunshine it receives and the fairly low precipitation. Within the continental climate it shows extremes in climate and temperature. Annual average temperature is 11,2 °C.

The number of the hours with sunshine totals more than 2100 annually. As Szeged gets the most sunshine among the largest cities of Hungary, it is often called 'the City of Sunshine'.

Sights, monuments

Széchenyi Square, Town Hall, Klauzál Square, New Synagogue, Reök Palace, Dugonics Square , Martyrs of Arad Square, the Cathedral of Szeged, Musical Clock, Serbian Church, Black House, Tisza, Stefánia, National Theatre of Szeged, Gróf Palace, Lower-City Church

For more information please visit: