Lee Valley White Water Centre will host the 2023 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships after British Canoeing was awarded the competition by the International Canoe Federation Board of Directors Meeting in Beijing.

The venue also hosted the slalom competitions at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

David Joy, chief executive of British Canoeing, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the ICF 2023 World Championships in Lee Valley.

“There were some strong bids from both China and Poland but we presented a confident bid and vision to deliver an exceptional event, with crucial support from our key partners, UK Sport and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

“This is a hugely significant competition for canoe slalom as it is likely to be the selection event for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“Lee Valley is a world class venue which is loved by athletes and supporters of the sport and we are looking forward to bringing the World Championships back to the UK.”

The World Championships will be the third major international slalom event to be held at Lee Valley White Water Centre in five years, after the 2019 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup and 2020 ECA Canoe Slalom European Championships.