Thailand will host next month’s 14th World Dragon Boat Racing Championships at the Map Prachan Reservoir in Banglamung, Chon Buri province.
It is the first time that Thailand will be hosting the sport’s biggest event, which this year will draw more than 4,000 participants from 30 countries.
Adm. Chainarong Charoenrak, president of the Rowing and Canoeing Association of Thailand (RCAT), said the event would help bring the sport to the attention of Thai people, as well as help lift the country’s rowers to international standards.
“We can use the tournament as a training ground for our national rowers in every division – senior, open, junior (23, 18 and 16 years old),” he said, adding that the event would also help boost tourism and the local economy.
The event is being held at the Royal Navy Rowing Training Centre in Pattaya, from August 20-25.
Source: Thai Visa/Nation