Ljubljana is preparing to host the European Championships ©ECA

Ljubljana in Slovenia has been declared "ready" to host the 2017 European Canoe Association (ECA) Canoe Slalom European Championships starting tomorrow after recovering from the impact of flooding on the course.

Action at the continental event is due to take place at the Tacen Whitewater Course on the Sava River in a suburb of the Slovenian capital.

Racing will begin tomorrow before continuing through to Sunday (June 4).

It comes after heavy rain at the end of April caused damage to the course and began a race against time to be ready.

"The preparations of the championships are going well," said Organising Committee head said Jakob Marušič.

"There are some difficulties, but we are probably world champions in preparing the race with the smallest budget and the fewest number of people involved in the organisation. 

"I think everything will be well prepared and will be on the highest level."

Floods on the course caused problems earlier this month ©ECA
Floods on the course caused problems earlier this month ©ECA

Paddlers from 23 countries have entered to compete on a course which also hosted the 2005 European Championships.

Jiří Prskavec of Czech Republic and home star Alexander Slafkovský of Slovakia were the winners of the respective men's K1 and C1 events at last year's Championships in Liptovský Mikuláš.

Núria Vilarrubla of Spain won the women's C1 event proposed for inclusion on the Olympic programme at Tokyo 2020 for the first time.

Melanie Pfeifer of Germany took K1 honours.

Hosts Slovenia will be hoping to improve upon two silver medals last time around

Qualifying will take place tomorrow before team finals on Friday (June 2).

Individual finals are then scheduled for over the weekend.