By Philippines News Agency
MANILA — Palawan’s capital city of Puerto Princesa is all set to host two major international boat tournaments this month.
The Asian Dragon Boat Championship is scheduled on Nov. 11-12, while the Puerto Princesa International Club Crew Championship will be held on Nov. 12-13.
The office of the city mayor is giving its full support for the successful hosting of the tournaments organized by the Philippine Canoe Dragon Boat Federation (PCDF).
PCDF assistant coach Duchess Co said everything is ready for the country’s first hosting of the two-in-one Championships.
Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Iran, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore are competing in the Asian Dragon Boat Championship while teams from Germany and the United States lead the participants in the International Club Crew competition.
The world champion Filipino paddlers, on the other hand, have been training in Palawan since last month. They are keen to defend the overall title in the biennial regional tournament.
Events to be contested are men’s 10-seater and women’s 10-seater in the 200 meters; men’s 20-seater in the 500 meters; and junior mixed 10-seater.
Aside from the competitors, top officials from the Asian Canoe Confederation (ACC) will come over for the ACC Congress which will coincide with the holding of the Asian Dragon Boat Championship.
The Philippine teams are coming off a successful stint at the International Canoe Federation Dragon Boat World Championships in Russia last month. They won three golds, one silver and two bronzes.
National coach Len Escollante said the Asian Dragon Boat Championship will gauge the performance of the Filipino paddlers who will see action in the 2018 Asian Games scheduled August 18 to September 2 in Jakarta and Palembang.