Dragon Boat race applications set no limits

Friday, March 7, 2008
Issue 275, Page 4
Word count: 375
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Macau International Dragon Boat Races will this year set no limit for the number of local teams wishing to participate in the four-day event with applications now open until March 24.

The races will take place on May 31, June 1, June 7 and June 8 at the Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre.

Apart from the games which especially cater to civil servants and university students as well as the traditional small dragon boat and dragon boat tournaments, the international dragon boat category will for the first time add a 2,000-metre open race to the annual Macau event.

The event is once again jointly organised by the Macao Sports Development Board (ID) and the China Macau Dragon Boat Association, and co-organised by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) and the Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP).

A press conference was held at the sports institute office yesterday.

Pointing out the move of not imposing a maximum number of participating teams, ID president Vong Iao Lek said it would encourage more social groups to form their racing crews.

As for the three international dragon boat races, places will be limited at 36 teams for the 500-metre open event, 12 teams for the 500-metre women’s event, and 24 teams for the 2,000-metre open event.

Mr Vong said the sports institute was inviting last year’s Macau event champions and the outstanding teams from the International Dragon Boat Association’s events to take part in the international category and to compete for the US$1,000 to US$3,000 cash prizes.

According to president of the China Macau Dragon Boat Association, Wong Kit I, this year’s races will adapt the rules and regulations set out by the International Dragon Boat Association and the judges are all internationally qualified.

The adoption, Mr Vong said, was a good opportunity to start preparing Macau to move towards the international trend as the SAR will be the host city for the 7th World Dragon Boat Club Championship in 2010.

The organisers will distribute a sponsorship of 5,000 patacas (1,500 patacas to the small dragon boat team) to each Macau team.

Eligible teams can submit their registration forms to the sports institute office at Macau Forum, Avenida Dr. Rod. Rodrigues before 5pm by March 24.

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