Indonesian dragon boat teams win six gold medals

07 May, 2012 | Source: Jakarta Post

Indonesian dragon boat teams won six gold medals at the international DBS Marina Regatta water sports festival in Marina Bay, Singapore, beating out teams from around the region, including Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Brunei.

The teams won medals in the 200- and 500-meter Premiere Open, Premiere Mixed and Premiere Women′s categories.

The John Pieter Matulessy-led men′s team earned a total of S$50,000 (US$40,254), while the Anti Satiawati-led women′s team bagged S$20,000 ($16,101) in prize winnings.

Young Mardinal, the Indonesian national team′s manager, said that the team had been practicing five days a week for the race since February, adding that his team was currently preparing for the upcoming Asian Beach Games in China.

PT Bank DBS Indonesia, the national branch for the Singapore-based DBS bank that sponsored the event, said the dragon boat races were picked because they provided lengthy entertainment.

"Soccer ends in 90 minutes. Golf is expensive. A dragon boat race can last for two days and attracts a lot of viewers," DBS Indonesia spokesman Bernard Tan said on Sunday.

 

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