Kolkata, Aug 11 : India has confirmed its participation in the 14th World Dragon Boat Racing Championship to be held at Pattaya-Rayomg in Thailand during August 20-25. Twenty-five countries like China, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, USA,Great Britain, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Hungary, Iran,Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine India and host Thailand will take part of this six-day competition.India's assistant coach and participant Shakil Ahmed informed that
Dragon Boat Federation of India has selected a 44–member Indian squad, which is now undergoing a special training under his tutelage at Eco Park, Rajarhat in the eastern suburb of Kolkata.
The camp which began on August 1 would continue till August 16.The coaching camp is being organised by city-based Bengal Water Sports under the West Bengal Dragon Boat & Traditional Sports Association and Dragon Boat Federation of India.
Shakil , who is also a veteran oarsman , intimated that the Indian team include Abhay Agarwal, Rejayan Karim,Afridi Ali, Aditya Sil, Ms. Khusi Agarwal, Ms. Vanashka Sharma, Yahvi Agarwal, Shakil Ahmed, Ms. Neha Agarwal( West Bengal), T Joseph, D Binay, Asyamala (Kerala) , P P Suresh ( Maharashtra), Rakesh Kumar , M K Yadav, Manoj
Kumar, M Jakhwal, Dipak Singh, P Singh (Madhya Pradesh), Rupin Rava, M Ahmed, Ms. D Kalita, Ms.A Kalita, Ms.Beatee Kalita, Ms. Bijulee Kalita, Ms. Hiramoni Kalita ( Assam), Ms. M Y Ramchandra, Ms. S P Snehal, Ms.V Hiral ( Gujarat), Jainuddin Ahmed, Inayat Bashri, S A Bhatt ( Jammu & Kashmir), M R Abhimanyu, Ms.Khusbu Kumari, G P Sigh,Ms. Vandana Kumari, Ms. Smriti Rani (Bihar) and Vivek Sangwan (Chandigarh ). The team would be accompanied by Chief Coach K Sudhakaran ( Kerala) Manager Taher Ahmed and assistant Manager Anup Chowdhury (Both Assam).
Though Dragon boat race is popular in many countries for a long time as a traditional sport, it has appeared as an event in international competitions comparatively recently. It was included as an event in 2010 Asian Games at Guangjhow and last Asian Games in Indonesia.
It has also been included in the next Asian Games to be held in Guangjhow in 2022. Dragon boat race has also been included as a demonstration event in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Unlike rowing, canoeing or kayaking, in a dragon boat race, the crew of 10 paddlers sits side by side in two rows, with one at the helm and a drummer to set the pace of the race. The crews paddle on one side of the boat only.
The Indian contingent will leave for Thailand from Kolkata on August 17 evening.(UNI)