Renowned dragon boat racers will hold competition in Pattaya instead of Hong Kong due to China’s zero-Covid policy

PHOTO: International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF)

Pattaya —

The organizers of the world-renowned dragon boat competition, “World Dragon Boat Racing Championships,” said they would hold their 2023 competition in Pattaya instead of Hong Kong due to the latter’s stringent Covid-19 regulations.

The competition usually takes place in Hong Kong, but due to China’s and Hong Kong’s stringent COVID-19 regulations that intend to keep the number of COVID-19 patients at zero, the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association thus said they had to hold the 2023 competition in Pattaya instead.

The decision was concluded at the association’s online conference on September 17th, with a confirmation that the World Dragon Boat Racing Championships will take place in Pattaya on August, 2023.

“Hong Kong’s current quarantine and isolation arrangements for visitors are still more stringent than that of other countries,” the group stated.

With China’s zero-Covid policy, most sport events involving large gatherings are held with difficulties, TPN notes.


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