West Kalimantan’s 18 teams participate in Dragon Boat Festival


Hopefully the Dragon Boat Festival will become a tourist activity in Pontianak City and not only at the provincial level but all over Indonesia around the world. We have the Kapuas River, the longest river in Indonesia

PONTIANAK, W. Kalimantan (ANTARA) – Some 18 teams from West Kalimantan participated in the Dragon Boat Festival competition on September 21-25, which was held to enliven the 2022 Sun’s climax event “Pesona Kulminasi in Pontianak City”.

“Hopefully, the Dragon Boat Festival will become a tourist activity in Pontianak City and not only at the provincial level, but all over Indonesia around the world. We have the Kapuas River, the longest river in Indonesia,” said Pontianak Mayor Edi Rusdi Kamtono here on Friday.

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Soon the Dragon Boat Festival will be named after the characteristics of Pontianak City, the only city on the khatulistiwa, or the equator of the earth. According to Kamtono, this focuses on branding the city and promoting the image of Pontianak as a sports city.

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“People in Pontianak City love to exercise, and this agenda motivates them to exercise more. The Pontianak city government is making efforts to prepare sports facilities and infrastructure in public areas such as schools and parks,” the mayor said.

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Meanwhile, Dragon Boat Festival Committee Chairman Abdi Nurkamil Mawardi noted that the competition was held according to the schedule and international regulations. Therefore, the race track was shortened and the number of participants reduced.

“This competition has become West Kalimantan’s center for the most important athletes in preparation for PON and PON (National Sports Week),” he noted.

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In addition, he said, West Kalimantan rowers have achieved several international successes, such as winning a rowing competition in Guangzhou, China, and the Hassanal Bolkiah Cup in Brunei Darussalam.

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“The rowing activities have been in a state of vacuum for the past three years. This agenda is a warm-up for conducting the Pontianak International Dragon Boat,” he noted.

Main Naval Base XII commander Commodore Suharto said the Pesona Kulminasi event should stimulate the economic sector to recover. To this end, he called for the development of rowing to be strengthened.

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