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May 31, 2004
Toronto sets its sights on the 2006 IDBF (Dragon Boat) Club Crew World Championships
  
Mayor David Miller today met with International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF)
and Dragon Boat Canada representatives to promote Toronto as the ideal city to
stage the IDBF (Dragon Boat) Club Crew World Championships in August 2006.
Toronto is competing with Niagara/Welland for the title of host city.

"This city has been organizing the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race
Festival for more than 16 years, which means we have all the expertise and
infrastructure necessary to stage this international event," says Mayor Miller.
"With more than 300 teams and close to 10,000 paddlers in the Greater Toronto
Area, our city is one of the largest dragon boat centres in the world, which
will undoubtedly create a welcoming environment for our guests." The City of
Toronto is making the bid in partnership with the Toronto Chinese Business
Association.

The 2006 Championships bid includes the development of a new multi-sport
watercourse at the western beaches of Ontario Place, which is in partnership
with the federal and provincial governments and the private sector. An existing
regatta course on the Toronto Islands is also a viable option. In addition to a
premier multi-sport facility on Toronto's waterfront, the 2006 Championships
will also be a catalyst for the development of dragon boat racing, and will
increase participation in the sport among youth and multi-cultural groups.

Mayor Miller adds, "I know our experienced organizing committee, the thousands
of volunteers who already host two annual dragon boat events, and the backdrop
of our spectacular waterfront can make the 2006 Championships a tremendously
successful and memorable event for athletes and spectators."

The IDBF (Dragon Boat) Club Crew World Championships are held every two years
and are open to international competitors representing Dragon Boat Clubs
(Crews). The 2006 Championships are expected to attract over 2,500
participants from 25 countries. The host city will be announced in October
2004.

Media contact:
Patchen Barss, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7134



 

 

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