Over 4,000 Paddlers from 10 Countries to
Participate in Hong Kong Dragon Boat Races
Hong Kong will once again host International Dragon Boat Race
this month, after a four-year hiatus.
Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Tourism
Board (HKTB) and the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association
(HKCDBA), over 160 teams of about 4,000 dragon boat paddlers
will participate on 24 and 25 June 2023.
Arnold Chung, Secretary General of the HKCDBA, said, “‘The Hong
Kong International Dragon Boat Races are the world’s most
historical dragon boat competition, attracting strong teams from all over the world, and I believe the races in Victoria Harbour will be sensational. I would like to thank the various
government departments and partners for their support. HKCDBA has
long strived to make the sports of dragon boat popular, and
will continue to pass on the heritage and culture of the Dragon
Boat Festival and the festivities to the local public as well
This year, the International Dragon Boat Races will be held over
two days with a total of 17 races.
Over 160 teams of some 4,000 athletes from 10
countries and regions, including first-timer Poland, as well as
teams from Australia, Dubai, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand,
Philippines, the Mainland, Macao and Hong Kong will compete.
Among them, Australia, Thailand and Philippines
are sending their national teams.
HKTB is offering cash prizes in five major races for the
first time, including the International Championship, the
International Open Grand Championship, the Guangdong-Hong
Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Championship, the Hong Kong Championship and the Hong Kong-Macao Trophy.
The champion of
those races will be awarded US$10,000 to encourage teams to be
more committed and to add excitement to the event.
“The International Dragon Boat Races are the HKTB’s first international sports event since travel resumed in Hong Kong. It is a great pleasure to have the best
dragon boat teams from around the world to join us this year, and
we are delighted to invite the teams from the nine cities in
the Greater Bay Area (GBA), Macao and Hong Kong to compete in the
Greater Bay Area Championship,” said Dane Cheng, HKTB Executive
Director. “It is also the first time
that we introduce the Hong Kong-Macao Trophy in
collaboration with Macao. These races are going to promote the
partnership and cooperation between the cities in the GBA
driving multi-destination tourism in the Area. In the future, we
hope to inject more GBA elements into our sports events to
build the GBA tourism brand. For the first time, cash prizes
will be available to winning teams in five major races to
encourage teams from around the world to participate.”
The Greater Bay Area Championship is one of the highlights of the International Dragon Boat Races
as it brings
together 11 elite teams from Jiangmen, Guangzhou, Foshan,
Dongguan, Zhaoqing, Shenzhen, Huizhou, Zhongshan and Zhuhai, as
well as Hong Kong and Macao.
This year, the Hong Kong-Macao Trophy
will be jointly held by the two cities for the first time. Six
teams from the Mainland, Thailand, Philippines, Australia,
Hong Kong and Macao will compete in the Macao International
Dragon Boat Races and the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat
Races on 22 and 24 June respectively, before competing for
the Hong Kong-Macao Trophy in the Final on 25 June.