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.