After its successful campaign in the Asian Championships, the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation shifts its sights on the inaugural edition of the IDBF (International Dragon Boat Federation) World Cup on June 10-12 in Fuzhou, China.
The PDBF got an invitation from the IDBF based on its impressive showing in the previous editions of the World Championships. The PDBF won six golds and two silvers in the world meet in 2011 in Tampa Bay, Florida and two silvers and one bronze in the 2013 edition in Szeged, Hungary.
“All best teams in the world are expected to show up in this competition. Top countries based on achievements in dragon boat racing were invited for this inaugural World Cup,” said Judith Pagsuyuin Hakim, who will be the team’s drummer in the three-day meet.
The Philippines also holds the world record of 40.02 seconds in the 200-meter event established in the 2009 World Championships held in Prague, Czech Republic.
“No break [for us]. After the Asian Championships in Macau, we now train and prepare for the World Cup,” added Hakim.
Joining her in the delegation are Bert Tocao Hugo, Edcer Toto Penetrante, Louie Orias, Nelson de la Noche, Joseph Magno, Suhod Saraman Hakim, Fredie Naigan, Melvin Lumiguid, Rowel Dela Cerna, Manuel Maya, Edward Balbuena, Roneil Bueno Rafael, Leonita Banlat, Marilou Adalid, Monette Deriada, Julie Ann Biadnes and Aileen Padrones.
US, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic and Russia are among the top invited teams in the World Cup.
The team is scheduled on leave for China on Monday.
The PDBF is fresh from winning one gold and two silvers in the Asian Championships held in Macau, China, and one gold and one silver in the 2014 Marina Regatta international dragon boat championship in Singapore.