Melaka Gateway Dragon Boat Race making waves

Teams competing in preliminary rounds of the Melaka Gateway Cup Dragon Boat Race 2018 near the Melaka River estuary in Banda Hilir. — ROSHIDI ABU SAMAH/ The Star

MELAKA: A total of 500 participants, involving 40 local and international teams, took part in the 2018 Melaka Gateway Dragon Boat Race at Sungai Melaka here.

Tourism Melaka Promotions Division general manager Zairi Suboh said among teams at the 35th edition of the race were from Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Baru as well as China, Iran Brazil and New Zealand.

“The race is a test of the teams’ ability in terms of physical and mental strength as well as teamwork,” he said at the opening ceremony for the race.

Also present were Melaka Gateway project developer KAJ Development Sdn Bhd executive director Datuk Dr Siow Seng Choon, who is also the event’s organising chairman, and Melaka Dragon Boat Association president Datuk Wong Soo Tang.

“It is no longer just a cultural event of the Chinese community. It has now become a group activity with participation of various races from around the country and the world,” said Dr Siow.

He said as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative, part of the proceeds from the programme would be chanelled to the Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation in the state.

Zairi said the race would be listed as an annual event in the Melaka state tourism calendar.

He said improvements would be made from year to year to attract more participants from overseas.

The 2018 Melaka Gateway Dragon Boat Race, which was first organised in 1983, was jointly organised by KAJ Development Sdn Bhd, Melaka Dragon Boat Association and Melaka River and Coastal Development Corporation.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Metro News

Cycling and the city
State helps them to promote home-based food ventures online
Teochew opera workshops for young people
Second dose recipients laud drive-thru centre at USM campus
Industrial vaccination centre now open for companies in Bukit Minyak
MBSJ takes part in UN global forum
Bintulu folk must continue to adhere to SOP, says MP
Ipoh aims to keep to its image as Bougainvillea City
Management of hypermart in Meru Raya seeks rental rebate for kiosk operators
Pets too hit hard by prolonged pandemic

Stories You'll Enjoy