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Hà Nội to host annual dragon boat race

Update: August, 09/2018 - 09:00
The first dragon boat race was organised on West Lake in February gathering more than 400 athletes from 27 teams. – Photo soha.vn
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI Authorities in the capital city have just approved a decision to organise annual traditional dragon boat races between 2019 and 2021.

The 2-day race will take place on the first weekend after the Lunar New Year holiday at Lý Tự Trọng Park. The boats will compete on West Lake, near Thanh Niên and Nguyễn Đình Thi roads.

The organisers will encourage individuals and organisations to sponsor the event, which will gather international and domestic teams.

Locals and tourists watch the race on West Lake. — Photo dantri.vn

Districts with strong traditions of racing dragon boats including Hoàng Mai, Bắc Từ Liêm, Thanh Trì, Ba Vì, Sơn Tây, Đan Phượng, Quốc Oai, Chương Mỹ, Thanh Oai, Ứng Hòa, and Mỹ Đức will each send a male and a female team to compete.

In February, the first dragon boat festival was organised on West Lake. The event gathered 27 teams from seven districts around the capital. Various art troupes also performed at the festival.

Dragon boat racing is a Vietnamese tradition. With the plan, Hà Nội authorities want to continue the tradition, encourage sport among citizens and attract tourists to the city. VNS


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