KAPIT: The Baleh Kapit Raft Safari committee reported that the actual number of teams taking part in the competition as 75 after the closing date for the submission of entries.
The competition would be the 13th in its series. Furthermore, the event this year would also mark the state’s 45 years of Independence.
The 75 teams included 13 for the Men’s Open with 4 teams from outside Kapit, namely, Putrajaya Malaysia, Labuan and two from Kuching, 35 teams in the Men’s Closed Inter-Department, the most number of teams recorded so far (including 8 teams from outside Kapit district namely a team from Song, 2 teams from Kanowit and Sibu respectively and 3 teams from Kuching), 18 teams in the Women’s category, 6 teams in the Men’s Free Style event and 3 teams in the Tourist category. The tourist teams comprised one from Sibu and two from Kuching.
The two-day international and annual event on April 19 and 20 is jointly organized by Kapit Division Tourism Task Group, Ministry of Urban Development & Tourism, Ministry of Social Development & Urbanization, Sarawak Tourism Board, and Ministry of Tourism Malaysia in collaboration with the various government agencies here.
The first flag off point for the race (mainly for the Men’s Open category) is from Rumah Gare at Sungai Kain, a tributary of Baleh river about two and a half hours boat ride from here while the flag off point for its second (transit) station is at Rumah Milang, Nanga Sepako, Baleh (about 45 minutes boat ride from Kapit town).
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