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2nd Chongqing Dragon Boat Open Kicked off in Wulong ahead of Festival

By TRUMAN PENGICHONGQING|Jun 09,2021

Chongqing – The 2nd Chongqing Dragon Boat Open Tournament & 15th Furong River Dragon Boat Championships kicked off in Wulong’s Furong River Scenic Area on June 8, with professional and amateur teams southwest China’s Sichuan Province and Chongqing Municipality competing in the two categories of 200-meter and 500-meter races.

A total of 14 competing teams, including Chongqing’s Qianjiang District, Hechuan District, Changshou District, Tongnan District, Kaizhou District, Beibei District, Dazu District, Wulong District, Zhongxian County, Fengjie County, Pengshui Miao and Tujia Autonomous County, and the Chongqing Hi-Tech Industry Development Zone, as well as the Suining City from the neighboring Sichuan Province, participated in the games.

The top four teams of the preliminary matches in both the 200-meter and 500-meter categories go directly to the semi-finals, while the other 10 teams continue to compete in the quarterfinals which determines the rankings from 9th to 14th and selects out the 13th and 14th place winners. Finally, the winners of the semi-finals move on to compete in the finals for the 1st to 4th places with the rest to compete for the 5th to 8th places.

officials attending the opening ceremony draw eyes on dragon boat headers. (iChongqing/Truman PENG)

Wulong has accumulated a lot of experience from successfully holding the previous 14 editions of Furong River Dragon Boat Championships and is the ideal choice to continue this year’s event and be the first stop of the 2nd Chongqing Dragon Boat Open Tournament, according to an official from the District Sports Bureau. “After the open tournament’s first stop, people can also go and see the further competitions to be held in the other three districts of Changshou, Tongnan, and Hechuan in the days leading up to the Dragon Boat Festival.”

Accompanied by the thunderous rounds of applause from the spectators watching the races ashore, the two groups of dragon boat racings came to a successful conclusion with the men’s team of Hechuan District, and the two teams of Changshou and Tongnan districts winning the top three places and awarded with 20,000, 15,000, and 10,000 yuan respectively. Ranking 4th to 8th were teams from Zhongxian County, Fengjie County, the women’s team of Hechuan District, Wulong District, and Kaizhou District. Each of them was given a cash reward of 8,000, 6,000, 5,000, 4,000, and 3,000 yuan respectively.

a total of 14 teams from Sichuan and Chongqing participated in the race. (iChongqing/Truman PENG)

The 2nd Chongqing Dragon Boat Open Tournament & 15th Furong River Dragon Boat Championships is sponsored by Chongqing Municipal Sports Bureau and Wulong District People’s Government and organized by Chongqing Municipal Sports Development Center and Wulong District Sports Bureau. More than 400 government officials, competing athletes, coaches, referees, members of the organizing committee, and journalists attended the opening ceremony, including Chongqing Municipal Sports Bureau Deputy Director Zhang Xin, Wulong District People’s Government Vice Mayor Su Huiyong, and Wulong District Culture and Tourism Development Commission Director/District Sports Bureau Director He Jun.

Various dragon boat racing events have been organized around the world to celebrate the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth Chinese lunar month, according to the International Dragon Boat Federation, the worldwide governing body for dragon boats racing.

The festival was created to commemorate a well-respected historical figure Qu Yuan for his heroic and patriotic act of throwing himself into the Miluo River as a protest against the then corrupt government of the State of Chu (770 B.C. – 223 B.C.). The long-time traditions of racing dragon boats and eating rice dumplings during the festival also come from the legend of fishermen racing to retreat the drowned Qu Yuan from the Miluo River and beating drums and throwing rice dumplings into the river to distract fish from devouring his body.

Participants stand ready to walk down the stairs and start rolling in the Furong River. (iChongqing/Truman PENG)

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