The Beaver Sibiryak, a mascot of the 2021 Canoe World Sprint Cup, started the countdown in the centre of Barnaul

The Beaver Sibiryak, a mascot of the 2021 Canoe World Sprint Cup, started the countdown in the centre of Barnaul

The second stage of the Canoe World Sprint Cup will be held in Barnaul on 20 – 23, May 2021 as a final Olympic qualifier for participation in Tokyo Olympics.

Artem Piskun, one of the strongest canoeists of the Olympic sports school named after Konstantin Kostenko, a bronze medalist of the 2020 Russian championship among adult athletes and 2018 World Champion among young men under 18 in canoeing, pressed the button of the clock that counts down to the start of the 2021 Canoe World Sprint Cup in Barnaul. It was as a part of the 290th anniversary celebration of Barnaul on the embankment of the river Ob.

The mascot of the 2021 Canoe World Sprint Cup, the beaver Sibiryak, was brought to the Sovetov square to keep track of the time where he will permanently serve as a Barnaul landmark.

The second stage of the Canoe World Sprint Cup will be held in Barnaul on 20 – 23, May 2021 as a final Olympic qualifier for participation in Tokyo Olympics. The world's best canoeists will come first ever to Russia to be qualified for Olympic Games. Five countries competed for the right to host these competitions, but International Canoe Federation (ICF) entrusted Barnaul with holding the Olympic qualifying start.