The opening match of 2017 China Longzhou (龙舟, dragon boat) Tournament was held in Wanning Hainan Province earlier in this morning. The tournament consists of two genres in professional and teenager, in total 36 teams to attend the game. Among them there are 10 potential gold metal winners from Foshan, including Lecong Louvre (乐从罗浮宫), Guangdong Sailing Jiujiang (广东远航九江)，Lishui Nardelli (里水纳德利), Foshan Dali Jiayi (佛山大沥嘉怡), Foshan Experimental High School and etc.
There are only three championships out from today’s competition. Among them, both boys and girls’ teams from Foshan Experiment High School has won the third and the second place respectively in Teenager Boys’ 500 meters and Teenager Girls’ 200 meters final. Finals of the remaining games will be held tomorrow.
China Longzhou Tournament is sponsored by Social Sports Guidance Center of General Administration of Sports of China, China Longzhou Association and China Central Television Sports Channel (CCTV-5), a first-class domestic dragon boat competition of highest level and largest bonus so far. This year seven tournaments will be held in order as followed, Wanning Hainan, Hunan, Fujian, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Hainan Lingshui Li Autonomous County. The total after-tax bonus of each tournament is set 800,000RMB ($116,000).
All teams had gathered together in Hainan for acclimatization training the day before yesterday. Nanhai Jiujiang women’s team did well in last year’s tournament. Its coach Ou Jian’an says their members have high morale and everyone is on their best status. He hopes the team can keep leading position as last year.
Another traditional powerhouse from Foshan is Lecong Louvre dragon boat team. Members started training and game preparation from Feb. 4th. The team has stayed on leading position in the long term in the group of professional men. The team leader Lao Jianhui indicates that, they expect an auspicious start for the team by this opener game. “Speak by our strength and achievement, and we strive for the representative of Guangdong to attend the 13th National Games.”
(Lecong Louvre dragon boat men’s team)
Dragon boat competition as an official National Games event
The 13th National Games will be held in Tianjin in this August. This is the first time for dragon boat competition to become an official National Games event, and Foshan dragon boat will fight for the representative of Guangdong.
Foshan counts at the top of China dragon boat
Foshan dragon boat plays an important role in both domestic and overseas areas. Dragon boat competition is very common in Foshan. After knowing that dragon boat has become an official National Games event, Foshan dragon boat player was filled with exultation. Ou Jian’an is deeply moved and says, “The effort made by Foshan people finally paid off.”
“China counts at the top of World dragon boat, and Foshan counts at the top of China.” Hanwei said, the vice secretary-general of Guangdong Dragon Boat Association. Foshan has a solid mass foundation and the earliest regulated professional dragon boat clubs, Shunde Lecong Dragon Boat Club and Nanhai Jiujiang Dragon Boat Club. Foshan athletic dragon boat counts at the top of China. Foshan dragon boat teams are always supposed to be the invincible champion in competition, and already won many championships from many domestic and overseas competition. Han thinks that the flourishing development of Foshan dragon boat has facilitated the representative of China to attend the Asia Games and dragon boat as an official event of the National Games.
(Foshan Experimental High School dragon boat girls’ team)
(written by Clair)