Peru is the latest nation to join the World Rafting Federation ©Peruvian Canoe Federation

The World Rafting Federation (WRF) has welcomed Peru as its newest member to the organisation following recognition by its National Olympic Committee.

The Peruvian Olympic Committee (COP) President Renzo Vitto Fabrizio Manyar Velazco acknowledged that the Peruvian Canoeing Federation (PCF) would be recognised as the representative for rafting in the country, taking the sport under its wing.

PCF President Jorge Tàvara Mariàtegui certified the full membership with WRF, which is different to the International Rafting Federation, who were granted observer status by the Global Association of International Sports Federations in 2019. 

The Rio Urubamba sits below the historical site of Machu Picchu ©Getty Images
The Rio Urubamba sits below the historical site of Machu Picchu ©Getty Images

"I am honoured to welcome this beautiful country in our community and I look forward to develop positive synergies with this amazing rafting reality," said WRF President Danilo Barmaz.

Peru's geography makes it an ideal location for rafting, being part of the drainage basin of the Amazon River, as well as boasting the likes of the Rio Chili and Rio Urubamba which flow from the Andes Mountains towards the Pacific Ocean.

There are now 42 members of the WRF, with Peru being the seventh from the Americas after Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela.