Dragon boat participants race on the Melaka River. — Bernama photo
MELAKA: The dragon boat race held in conjunction with the 11th Melaka River International Festival at the Melaka River estuary has drawn 672 participants from 48 teams.
Melaka River and Coastal Development Corporation (PPSPM) chief executive officer Nazary Ahmad said the winners who would take home the ‘Asian Dragon Boat Award’ and a cash prize of RM2,000 would be known late yesterday evening.
He said the race is divided into two categories with the open category for teams outside of Melaka including foreigners while the closed category is for teams from the state and the champions of each category would battle for the challenge trophy.
“The dragon boat race is among 10 international events organised to attract tourist arrivals during the festival,” he told reporters after flagging off the race here yesterday.
He said among the local teams taking part included from Police, Malaysian Maritime Academy, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Universiti Multimedia and Universiti Kuala Lumpur while international participants are from Singapore, Brunei and Thailand. — Bernama