A Philippine delegation made up mostly of soldier-athletes is scheduled to compete in the 14th International Dragon-Boat Federation world championships in Pattaya, Thailand this week.
The tournament runs from Tuesday to Sunday, August 20 to 25.
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The team, composed of members of the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF), boasts of 24 soldiers, 2 airmen, 5 civilian athletes.
Lt. Col. Harold M Cabunoc, the team manager, is hoping to break the record 5 gold medals the squad collected at the 2011 world championships in Florida.
The team will compete in the Seniors A and Premier Mixed categories of the small boat division, in which 3,400 athletes from 29 countries will participate.
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The races will be held at Mapprachan Reservoir, Bang Labang.
Besides their 5 golds in 2011, the Filipinos also bagged 2 golds at the World Club Crews Dragon Boat Championships in Italy in 2014, and 4 golds in the same event in Australia in 2016.