November 23, 2022 | 00:00
MANILA, Philippines — National pool spots will be up for grabs as the Philippine Dragon Boat Canoeing Federation hosts the National Dragon Boat Open this weekend at Club Balai Isabel facing scenic Taal Lake in Talisay , Batangas.
The two-day race will be overseen by the President of the Philippine Olympic Committee, Abraham Tolentino, during the selection of national team members participating in the 32nd Southeast Asian Games to be held next May in Phnom Penh, in Cambodia.
PCKDF President Teresita Uy thanked the Mayor of the City of Tagaytay and the head of PhilCycling for the organization and the Mayor of Talisay, Nestor Natanauan, and the CEO and President of Club Balai Isabel, Nelson Terrible, for having supported this important meeting.
The divisions to compete are the under 23,500 meters (3 crews), the mixed U23 250 m, 500 m and 800 m (12 crews), the open men (12 crews) in 250 m, 500 m and 800 m, the U23 (12 crews) in 250m, 500m and 800m and U23 (5 crew) 250m, 500m and 800m.
Organizers assigned team practice sessions to participants on Friday before they hit the action in the competition proper over the next two days.
Tolentino waived registration to allow more participants to register.
The traditional boat race will make a long-awaited return to the sporting calendar of the biennial meeting after a seven-year absence.
The last time there was a dragon boat at the SEA Games was in Singapore, where the country only won a bronze medal in the women’s 200m (6-man crew).
The sport, along with canoeing and rowing, will take place in Kampot, one of four Cambodian cities co-hosting the SEA Games.
Details can be obtained from Duch Co or by e-mail [email protected]call or text 0917-3284081 or Borgs Pelias on [email protected] or 0917-5324334.