The day before the start of the World Cup race in Prague – Troja (June 8-11, 2023), the competitors received their starting numbers from a representative of the city management at the mayor's residence. On Wednesday, June 7, they welcomed Jessica Fox, Petr Kauzer, Jiří Prskavec, Ricarda Funk, Vít Přindiš, Lukáš Rohan, Amália Hilgertová, Tereza Fišerová and other stars to the festive reception.
The chairman of the ICF slalom section, Jean-Michel Prono, thanked the organisers of the race: "We returned to Troja after a year, and again it will be a challenge not only for the organisers, but also for the competitors. We thank the city for its support regarding the new slalom course project, and I believe that I will look into it during my term of office. I wish all competitors and organisers great success and fair races. Thank you for the welcome," he added.
Prof. Jan Kuklík from Charles University wished the competitors a lot of experiences: "We believe that you will feel good with us and that Prague will be a place you will not forget."
The city representative and architect Lenka Burgerová highlighted the long-term efforts to build a new artificial slalom course. "We are working with the city to ensure that competitors have the opportunity to race on an even better course in several years. May the best one win and I wish everyone a lot of experiences and good performances," said city representative Lenka Burgerová.
Chairman Stanislav Ježek spoke on behalf of the Czech Canoe Association, who thanked the representatives of Prague and the university. "I would like to thank the International Canoe Federation for giving us the chance to host this year's World Cup and thank all the partners and volunteers who are preparing this event. Good luck to all competitors. As a former Olympian, I understand how important racing is to you. But it's a sport and it should always be about fun. Enjoy your stay in Prague and good luck," said Stanislav Ježek.
The races start already on Thursday with the qualifications of male and female kayakers. The final races are scheduled for Friday afternoon.