The Philippine Dragonboat Federation (PDBF) is scheduled to send a contingent to the 1st IDBF World Dragonbot Cup this June 9-13 in Foushou, China.
PDBF President Marica Cristobal said that IDBF President Mike Mackeddie-Haslam has sent the Philippines an invitation to compete after it has qualified to enter the said prestigious tournament.
“We were ably invited in the first ever World Cup because we were able to qualify when we joined and successfully able to bring home medals noong 2013 World Championships in Szegard, Hungary,” said Cristobal.
Fifteen countries have been exclusively invited to join the world cup which include Australia, Canada, Iran, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Macau, Ukraine, United States, French Polynesia (Tahiti Neu), Ghana, Great Britain, Russia, Thailand and Philippines.
PDBF, which is composed of military athletes, is hoping for the help and support of Lieutenant General Emmanuel T. Bautista, who was appointed Chief of Staff ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) last year.
Cristobal added that PDBF is about to become a regular member of the International Dragonboat Federation (IDBF) after they have completed and passed the necessary documents to the International Olympic Committee.
“We are just waiting for the resolution from IOC. The IOC needed 75 countries for IDBF to be recognized as a legitimate International Federation and the IDBF already completed and passed the requirements. IDBF is hoping that it will be approved within the year,” stressed Cristobal.
These developments have transpired amid Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) directives to include the Dragonboat among the events under the Philippine Canoe-Kayak Federation (PCKF).
PDBF will conduct an open tryout for the elite team that the group will be forming, which will compete in the first ever IDBF World Dragonboat Cup.