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To give some origination to the game of canoe polo in a modern context, the most probable origination and attribution could be given to Germany, where a recognisable form of this sport was played in the 1920’s. The first games were started in Sprint and Long Distance Racing clubs and the game was played outdoors on lakes and rivers.

There is confirmed documentation that the Germans had their own canoe polo Leagues and championships were played on a regular basis. They had a set of rules and regulations to govern this sporting discipline.

The German variation originally had athletes sitting in heavy kayaks over four meters in length, playing on pitches roughly ninety meters long. There was a floating goal at each end which was basically the same type as that used in the game of water polo, but was about four meters in length by one and a half meters in height. Games were played with two halves of 20 minutes each. The paddlers could pass the ball and score goals both with their hands and their paddles, although hand throwing of the ball was more likely to be used. Body tackling was not allowed. Players used helmets without metal facial protection grills but buoyancy vests were compulsory for all players. Due to the size, width and weight of the kayaks, it was near to impossible for a capsized player to right oneself with the Eskimo rolling technique.

In Essen, there are some canoeing clubs which have written manuals, trophies, pennants and cups, as well as records of competitions played there in these early years. The pennant photographed on the left below is one of many on display at the KG Wanderfalke canoe club in Essen.  

1930 Pennant Essen 1983 Berlin pennant

1930 PENNANT                           RULES IN 1983                               CLUB PENNANT 

This form of game did not have any substantial changes until the new I.C.F. Rules were adopted in 1992. In the latter part of the 1990’s major tournaments were organised in many German cities which included Munich, Hanover, Nuremburg, and Essen.

The Deutschland Cup competition, held in Essen every Whitsun weekend, is the biggest tournament in Germany, and one of the biggest in Europe, where many important clubs and national teams compete. The 35th edition of this event was held in May 2005.

Germany has also one of the strongest canoe polo teams in the world today. In the 2004 World Championships held in Miyoshi, Japan, in the Men’s category, they ranked 2nd. In the World Games held in Duisburg in July 2005, the Women’s National team were the winners in their category. 


#3 Guest 2009-11-07 23:20
:) grande articolo!
venite questo weekend per il torneo a praga?
a presto
#2 the deacon 2009-11-07 23:19
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#1 TheMasterG 2009-11-07 23:18
Wow, I just got through reading this properly from start to finish, excellent!
Great job Reza :thumbup:

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