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June 19, 2004
Toronto awarded 2006 IDBF (Dragon Boat) Club Crew World Championships
Today, organizers at the Toronto Dragon Boat Race Festival on the Toronto
Islands announced that Toronto has been selected as host city for the
International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) Club Crew World Championships in

"The IDBF found that Toronto's and Welland's bid proposals were both
outstanding and made a unique decision to award two World Championships to
Ontario. Toronto will host the IDBF Club Crew World Championships in 2006 and
Welland/Niagara will host the 2007 World Corcom," said Mike Haslam, IDBF
Executive President.

"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," said Mayor
David Miller.

"Not only did Toronto have an excellent proposal, but 16 years of extensive
experience in organizing the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival
has generated international interest and exposure for the sport which
definitely made us a desirable host city," added Toronto Bid Committee Chair,
and IOC member Paul Henderson.

"This event (Dragon Boat Racing) represents the first time a world championship
is going to be held in Toronto. Toronto has played a huge role in making
dragon boat racing popular across Canada and North America, and Toronto-based
crews have excelled on the world stage. Our athletes are thrilled by the
opportunity to finally be able to compete at home," said Larry Cain, gold
medalist olympian and a director of the Dragon Boat Race Council of Canada.

The IDBF 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

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