Thursday, June 20

Sabah Dragon Boat Race returns in June

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KOTA KINABALU: The annual Sabah Dragon Boat Race is back for its 26th edition at Likas Bay here on June 18 and 19.

The Sabah Tourism Board, together with its wholly-owned subsidiary company, Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd and the Sabah Chinese Cultural Association (SCCA), continue to be at the forefront in organising this event as one of the State’s premiere events in order to promote the diverse culture found in Sabah as well as marketing the State as a preferred holiday destination.

Besides being popular among local teams, the Sabah Dragon Boat Race has also caught the attention of participants from other states in the country and also international teams. Among the teams expected to participate are from Sarawak, Labuan, Penang, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia and Brunei Darussalam.

The organisers would like to urge participation from teams from the private sector such as banks, airlines and hotels, and also non-governmental organisations, in the event.

Dragon boating is an ideal platform for team building because it involves teamwork and discipline, other than being a fun activity.

There are nine categories for this year’s race, namely:

Sabah’s Head of State Trophy (for international teams and top Malaysian men’s teams only), Sabah Chief Minister’s Trophy (Malaysian men’s teams only), Sabah Dragon Trophy (Malaysian and international mixed teams), SCCA President’s Trophy (Chinese men’s teams), SCCA President’s Trophy (Chinese mixed teams), Kinabalu Dragon Trophy (junior Malaysian teams under 20 years old), Men Team Open 200 Meter Race (open to all men’s teams), Mixed Team Open 200 Meter Race (open to all men’s teams), Mixed Team Open 200 Meter Race (open to all mixed teams), Mixed Team Open 200 Meter Race (open to all mixed teams) and Charity Race (open to all teams).

Entry forms can be obtained at the Sabah Tourism Board and Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd information counters in Gaya Street and Sinsuran Complex here respectively. The closing date for registration is June 4.

Training can be done from May 4 to June 16 at the Sutera Harbour Resort Marina here and at Kampung Bayang in Tuaran near here.