World Dragon Boat Racing Championships 2023 Goes to Thailand
The International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) announced on Saturday, September 17, that the largest dragon boat race in the world will relocate from Hong Kong to Thailand.
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After voting for the ultimate location of the World Dragon Boat Racing Championships 2023, participants in the online IDBF Extra Ordinary Congress came to a consensus. The event will now take place in Pattaya, Thailand in August of the following year.
Although the contest left Hong Kong this time, the IDBF stated that it plans to come back in the future.
“The IDBF would like to express its sincere gratitude to the HKCDBA and the Hong Kong Organising Committee for their tireless efforts, commitment, and dedication in organising the Championships. We hope to visit Hong Kong again in the future,” their Facebook caption states.
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The decision to move the race to another nation was also announced on Facebook by the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association, who noted that Hong Kong’s current quarantine and isolation provisions for visitors are still stricter than other countries.
It comes after a flurry of disclosures surrounding athletic events in Hong Kong on Friday.
In addition, the city’s football officials secured approval for Myanmar to visit next week to play an international friendly—Hong Kong’s first in three years—while the Cross Harbour Race’s organisers announced that they had finalised a plan to proceed within the Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the government.
The Hong Kong Marathon, however, was cancelled, and the organisers said they had little choice since, despite weeks of negotiations, the government did not give its consent in time. And the government’s refusal of the organisers’ request for a permission, citing concerns over COVID-19, led to the cancellation of the Oxfam Trailwalker.
Previously, the government had capped the number of participants in the city’s 10K championship four days prior to race day, and elite badminton and fencing competitions had to be shifted due to quarantine regulations.