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National Games Dragon Boat Race Finals to Kick Off in Wenzhou on Sep 22
Date:2021-09-22 09:25:15 Source:Wenzhou·China Fonts:[ Large Medium Small ]

The press conference of the 14th National Games competitions for amateurs of dragon boat finals was held in Wenzhou on September 18th. The Dragon Boat Finals of the National Games will be held in Wenzhou Dragon Boat Centre from September 22nd to 25th. There will be 40 dragon boat teams all over the nation competing at this grand stage of event.

It is the first time for Wenzhou to host the 14th National Games competitions for amateurs of dragon boat finals, which is the largest single-sport event held outside of Shaanxi. There are 20 men's dragon boat teams and 20 women's dragon boat teams from 21 provinces, autonomous regions, and cities as well as the Shanghai Avant-Garde Sports Association, including Wenzhou Cangnan Jinchuniang men's dragon boat team and Jinhua Bank women's dragon boat team, as two representatives of Zhejiang Province.     The final contains 12 men's, women's, and mixed groups of dragon boat races in three categories of 100m, 200m, 500m and 1000m straight race as a total of 12 events lasting four days. The opening ceremony will be held at 9:00 a.m. on September 22nd; The first three race days will start at 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The 500-meter straight race will be contested on September 22nd, the 100-meter straight race on September 23rd, and the 200-meter straight race on September 24th; the 1000-meter straight race on September 25th will start at 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Due to the requirements of epidemic prevention, without spectators, the race will be transmitted live through Wenzhou Release WeChat public number, Wenzhou TV public channel, Tencent News live, “Life in Wenzhou” client, etc. Therefore, the audience can watch them live online. At present, the pre-tournament preparations and logistical supporting work have been done before each team takes warm-up training, which are carried out from September 20th to September 21st. The strictest epidemic prevention and control measures will be implemented during the whole race, and temporary observation rooms and sampling points for nucleic acid testing will be set up at the race site to ensure security and stability for epidemic prevention and control.    The dragon boat race is the first domestic top dragon boat event that the Wenzhou Dragon Boat Center has hosted since its completion, and is also an important practical exercise for the dragon boat competition of the Asian Games Hangzhou 2022. Wenzhou Dragon Boat Center, located in the central area of Ouhai, with a total land area of 532 acres, consists of three parts: building, landscape and waterway, with architectural facilities such as the Qianlong Pavilion (meaning “Potential Dragon Pavilion”, the entrance lobby of the main building of the Center), Guanlong Platform (meaning “Dragon Viewing Platform”) , the Terminal Tower, etc. The race waterway is about 1200 meters long, 130 meters wide and 3.5 meters deep, being a professional top dragon boat racing site with international standards.

Wenzhou's rich cultural heritage has nurtured the nostalgic feelings for dragon boat since people have been living in the water town for a long time. Especially in recent years, Wenzhou has organized many high-level dragon-boat events, including the Chinese Dragon Boat Race, which contributes to cultivating a team of high-level dragon boat competition organization and technical talents, and building international top-standard race sites and facilities; The government attached importance to excavating, protecting, and organizing dragon boat culture, and standardized the development of traditional dragon boat activities, etc. With great efforts, Wenzhou has become a famous dragon boat city in China, which is also the reason why the dragon boat race of the National Games competitions for amateurs is held in Wenzhou. Wenzhou will take this as an important opportunity to improve the city's function, and further promote the city brand of “To watch dragon boat races, go to Wenzhou”.   The race is hosted by the General Administration of Sports of China, co-undertaken by Shaanxi Provincial People's Government, Zhejiang Provincial Sports Bureau, and Wenzhou Municipal People's Government, and co-organized by Wenzhou Municipal Sports Bureau and Ouhai District People's Government.

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