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SEA Games: Dragon boat competition may feature new race formats

The dragon boat competition at next year's Singapore SEA Games could feature both 200-metre and 500-metre races.

SINGAPORE: The dragon boat competition at next year's Singapore SEA Games could feature both 200-metre and 500-metre races.

This was revealed by the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA) on the sidelines of the DBS Marina Regatta.

Heavy rain on Sunday cancelled all but the two main events at the annual Regatta.

But fans did not leave disappointed, after witnessing some high-octane racing in the Premier categories.

Thailand swept the men's and women's Premier Open titles in front of a crowd that included Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

Singapore came in third for both events.

The SDBA said it will propose races in 200- and 500-metre formats. Shorter boats with smaller crews could also be introduced, so that more teams can take part.

The Marina Bay facility has also been tested, with the successful staging of three DBS Marina Regattas.

John McGrath, senior vice-president of the Singapore Dragon Boat Association, said: "We have tested the infrastructure for the Marina Regatta for the last three years, so we know what systems are required to run the race, to finish the race, to time the race, and to have everything in order, so that we can get a good result for the winning teams."

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