With all their might: Great display of team work, among other skills at the 1 Malaysia International Dragon Boat Festival 2010 in Putrajaya. - Filepic
THE Malaysia International Dragon Boat Championship and the International Dragon Boat Festival (IDBF) Cancer Survivors Championship 2014 will take place in two separate venues this year.
While past events were held at the Putrajaya Water Sports Complex in Precinct 6, this year the race will be organised in Malacca too.
On May 31, international races will be held in Malacca from 10am to 6pm while local races will take place in Putrajaya, from 10am to 4pm.
On June 1, the final race for both international and Malaysian teams will take place in Putrajaya from 9am to 6pm.
Organising chairman Datuk Herman Chin said they were expecting 1,500 local and international contestants.
Teams from Australia, Brunei, China, Germany, Britain, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Spain, South Africa and the United States have confirmed their participation.
Another highlight of this year’s championship is the introduction of the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Trophy.
Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Trophy governing council chairman and joint founder Tunku Datuk Dr Sofiah Jewa said the event was being held for the first time under the joint royal patronage of Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Raja Permaisuri Agong.
“What makes this year’s dragon boat event even more unique is the fact that the King has graciously consented to have the challenge trophy named after him – the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Trophy.
“Dragon boat racing is not confined to one race, but has a truly Malaysian flavour as well as international appeal. It serves to remind Malaysians of our multi-cultural, multi-ethnic backgrounds and how we all live together as one nation.”
She added: “Now that the King has consented to have the challenge trophy named after him, the stature of this event will certainly have been raised.
“I am also pleased to note that the event is being held to help raise awareness of cancer survivors,” she said.
She also noted that the organisers were also working towards helping create more Criminalise War Clubs (CWC) in various parts of the country.
“The CWC was founded by Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and has the official sanction of the Education Ministry. The aim of the CWC is to create awareness of the futility of war and for children to realise that wars solve nothing, they merely add to the problem.”