Friday, April 14, 2006

Dragon boat race: Sabah Tourism eyes more foreign teams


Kota Kinabalu: Organisers of the 21st Sabah Dragon Boat Race are expecting more teams to take part in the event at Likas Bay on June 16 this year.

A statement from organising secretary Zachary Mobijohn Tuesday said the event last year attracted 52 teams including from Brunei, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and Australia.

He said the Sabah Tourism Board (STB) and its subsidiary company Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd, as well as Sabah Chinese Cultural Association (SCCA), will jointly organise the event.

According to him, STB is working hard to attract international teams particularly from Australia.

"The main committee is in the midst of making special arrangement with the Adelaide Survivors Abreast Inc Team from South Australia to participate in the race," he said.

He said Adelaide Survivors won the gold medal in the Breast Cancer Challenge at the 26th Penang International Dragon Boat Festival last year.

Zachary said the team consists of both breast cancer survivors and supporters who are actively promoting breast cancer awareness and early detection of breast cancer in Australia.

It was revealed through a scientific research that regular upper body exercise aided the recovery of breast cancer patients after surgery and that participating in rowing sports such as the dragon boat race is ideal.

"Hence, in support of the good cause, the Sabah Dragon Boat race main organising committee is making arrangement to bring three all-women teams from South Australia," he said.

On the local scene, he said women teams are also welcome to participate in the special category despite the event not offering any cash prize except for a trophy sponsored by the SCCA.

On other developments, Zachary said the committee has also agreed to replace the Kinabalu Dragon trophy for the Junior Boys' Under-21 with the Sabah Tourism trophy for teams from the tourism industry.

He said teams from hotels, tour and travel operators and those with tourism-related business are welcome to take part under the category.

Entry forms are available at the STB's office or Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd or online at www.sabahtourism.com.

For details, call Zachary at 088-232121 or 013-8504007.

Source: Daily Express

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