The Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF) is sending its elite team to China for the 2nd International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Cup scheduled on October 19-24.
Paddlers from the Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard make up the contingent, which will see action in the tournament to be held in Wujin district in the coastal province of Jiangshu.
The members of the Cobra-PDBF Elite Team are Ma. Ailene Padrones, Josette Deriada, Mitchelle Faye Pabulayan, Honeylyn Leonardo, Alejandra Orola, Emilou Babanto, Mary Ann Huganas and Jean Roma Naing of the Philippine Air Force; Alex Sumagaysay, Nelson Dela Noche, Alberto Hugo, Edward Balbuena and Lovelyn Robosa of the Philippine Navy; and Raymond Morales, Almonte Honrad, Jerby Deriada, Florence Caro, Rolando Isidro, Joseph Acosta and Bruce Gontinas of the Philippine Coast Guard.
PDBF president Marcia Cristobal will accompany the Filipino paddlers as team manager, while former national athlete Judith Pagsuyuin Hakim is also joining the trip as umpire of the tournament organized by the IDBF, which is the world governing body in the sport.
Hakim was a member of the Philippine team which competed in the 1st World Cup held two years ago in Fuzhou, the capital of China’s Fujian province.
In the 2014 edition, the Philippines won the 100-meter and 500-meter events to finish second to overall champion China, which ruled the 200-meter, 400-meter and 200-km. events.
Aside from China and the Philippines, the other countries participating in the 2016 IDBF World Cup are Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Macau, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, and Russia.