Canoeing is a water sport where the athlete has to use their muscle power to paddle a canoe.
A kayak is propelled using a paddle with two blades where the paddler sits with their legs mostly extended in front of them, whereas canoes are propelled using single- or double-bladed paddles where the paddler is kneeling or sitting on seat.
The International Canoe Federation is the worldwide canoeing organisation and creates the standard rules for the different disciplines of canoe/kayak competition.
The ICF recognises several competitive and non-competitive disciplines for example Sprint, Marathon and White-water racing is a type of extreme sports where competitors race in specialised canoes or kayaks down a white-water river.
Canoeing and Kayaking were incorporated into the Asian Games in 1990.
Canoe sprint is one kind of canoeing.
Canoe/Kayak Sprint originally from the Eskimos on the North American Greenland who used the craft as a mode of transport, fishing and battle. They were propelled through the water by single bladed paddles usually made from wood wrapped by animal skin. The aim of canoeing competition is for people to race each other in kayaks and canoes over a clearly defined unobstructed course in the fastest time possible.
Canoeing has been part of the Olympic Games since 1936 (Berlin) for men, and since 1948 (London) for women. Canoe/Kayak became the official competition sport on the 11th 1990 Asian Games in Beijing.
The course for Canoe/Kayak Sprint is on the same channel as the one for rowing, but the course is different. According to the ICF course standard, the course must be at least 1400m long, 120m wide, and more than 2m deep, with 9 lanes of 9m width and there shall be at least one side with a straight strand which is 50m from the nearest buoy lane.