The Mass Dragon Boat Finals, a part of the 13th China’s National Games, will be held on Liuye Lake, Changde City, between July 15 and 17.
Hunan is known as the “Origin of Dragon Boat Festival”, and the “Cradle of Dragon Boat Race”. It organized annual provincial mass dragon boat races for four consecutive years, and the national Dragon Boat Contest (Changsha Area) this year. The Mass Dragon Boat Finals is the highest standard and largest of its kind in China.
Hunan team together with other 23 teams, composing of more than 600 racers, will compete in the finals. Men’s and women’s teams, divided into 12-person or 22-person group, will respectively race in 100-meter, 200-meter, and 500-meter races. Twelve gold medals will be granted to the winners, the most among all mass contests in this National Games. Hunan team will participate in all the 12 races.
Preparations are undergoing. The races will be broadcast live on China Central Television (CCTV).
Translator: Pang Yuehui