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Dragon boat championship from Aug 29

Dragon boat championship from Aug 29

Published:27 August 2019

The Lower Lake of Bhopal is all set to host the 8th edition of the National Dragon Boat Championship from August 29. Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association (IKCA) will conduct the event in association with MP Kayaking and Canoeing Association.

Bhopal : The Lower Lake of Bhopal is all set to host the 8th edition of the National Dragon Boat Championship from August 29. Indian Kayaking and Canoeing Association (IKCA) will conduct the event in association with MP Kayaking and Canoeing Association.The championship will be organised for both the junior and senior categories. Events comprising 200m, 500m, 2,000m and mixed categories will be organised at the championship. Paddlers who are registered and having IKCA accreditation card will be allowed to participate.

The event is important for state players as Indore is all set to host the world championship next year. In 2018 Asiad, 20 players out of the 32-member Indian dragon boat team hailed from MP. Last year, Indian hopes of winning a medal at the Asian Games was almost dashed after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) did not consider the dragon boat team. Some players had even moved the Delhi high court seeking justice. The court had directed IOA to send a team for the Asiad.

Notably, the Indian team comprising Rajeshwari Kushram, Neetu Verma, Kirti Kewat and Ramkanya Dangi won a silver medal in the 500m category at the 5th Asian traditional boat (dragon boat championship) held last year in China. The team had also bagged two bronze medals in the same tournament.
In the juniors and U-23 world championship organised in Italy in 2017, the entire Indian contingent was made up of players from MP only.


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