By: Wang Shwu-fen, Huang Li-yun and Kuo Chung-han
Taipei, June 9 (CNA) Some 210 teams with a total of 5,000 people–including those from Argentina,
Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand — on Thursday participated in the start of a three-day international dragon boat championship in Taipei.
Several local teams also participated in the competition, including one from the Taipei European School, Team-max which is composed of expatriates in Taiwan, a team representing Xiahai City God Temple and Taiwan Provincial City God Temple, one from Shizi Island peninsula, and the Perfect Dragon Boat Team composed of triathlon athletes and TV news anchorwomen.
The opening ceremony was chaired by Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Chin-chun (陳景峻) in Dajia Riverside Park on Thursday afternoon.
In preparation for hosting Universiade Taipei 2017, an invitation dragon boat race for universities is also being held at the same time. Six teams were invited: the University of Southern California in the U.S., Ehime University of Japan, and local teams from Fu Jen Catholic University, National Taiwan Normal University, University of Taipei and Vanung University. [FULL STORY]