Over 1,000 canoe paddlers converge in Samoa

More than a thousand canoe paddlers from 28 countries will converge in Apia, Samoa this week for the World Distance Championships.

The event, hosted by the Samoa Outrigger Canoe Association, is from August 10-19 in Apia Harbour.

A purpose-built stage on the seawall will be the main staging area for the championships.

Samoa's Tourism Minister Cedric Schuster said the event will be a major boost for tourism.