1ST PUTRAJAYA INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL: ACTIVITIES, GETTING THERE AND HOTELS TO STAY
The centrepiece of the city is the 650-hectares man-made Putrajaya lake. Many have marvelled at the water quality, which is graded class 2B of the Interim National Water Quality Standards and is suitable for body contact, a requirement of all national and international water sports. Currently, the lake offers activities such as canoeing, boating, kayaking and aquabiking
Putrajaya To Host More International Sporting Events And Festivals
PUTRAJAYA, June 5 (Bernama) — Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin would like to see more international sporting events and festivals being organised in Putrajaya.
He said the move would help introduce the country’s administrative capital to the world.
“We see these events as a way to enhance Malaysia’s visibility on the global map as the home for international events like the Dragon Boat Race, as we foster relationships across the region through sports,” he said at the launch of the first Putrajaya International Dragon Boat Festival at the Putrajaya Water Sports Complex here Friday.
The three-day event is organised by Mega Events Sdn Bhd, in collaboration with Putrajaya Corporation, the Tourism Ministry, Information, Communications and Culture Ministry, Penang Dragon Boat Association, and in affiliation with the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF).
The event has drawn over 1,500 participants, both locals and foreigners, including those from Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Cambodia, China and the United Kingdom.
Raja Nong Chik said the festival would give the perfect opportunity for locals and foreigners to see Putrajaya not only as Malaysia’s administrative capital but also as a vibrant and livable city, with the capability of hosting events.
PUTRAJAYA will be hosting what is touted to be the largest Dragon Boat event in Malaysia, with more than 1,500 participants from various countries.
The three-day sporting event will be held from June 5 to 7 at the Putrajaya Water Sports Complex. So far, 1,500 participants from 30 local teams and 20 foreign teams – from China, Singapore, Indonesia, Britain, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines – have registered.
At a press conference to announce the event on Thursday, Mega Events Sdn Bhd adviser Tan Sri Soong Siew Hoong said he hoped that the festival would put Malaysia on the map as a dragon boat racing destination.
“We want to set a platform of international standard for foreign investors to see Putrajaya not only as Malaysia’s administrative capital but also as a centre with a capacity large enough to host such a significant international event.
“This is also a great way to promote the beautifully landscaped city of Putrajaya as an ideal tourist centre to an international audience at the same time.
“We want international visitors and the public at large to come and see the thrilling race and feel the exhilarating energy and passion of the participants in order to get a better understanding of the event,” he said.
“This sport promotes teambuilding, and fosters camaraderie and strength.
“Later, Mega Events will be signing a MoU with Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to provide on-site training for its event management students as part of the CSR programme,” he added.
The festival is also set to be an exciting family event with more than 50 booths selling food, souvenirs and fashion as well as other items.
Other activities include a Coffee Tarik competition, horse rides for children and a colouring contest.
Proceeds from the event booths will be donated to the Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA), Cervical Cancer Awareness Association (CARES), the Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor and Federal Territories (SCASFT) and selected orphanages
5th, 6th AND 7th JUNE 2009
: PUTRAJAYA LAKE GARDEN
: There will be 2 events as follows:
International Events (Open to all International & Malaysian Teams)
Malaysian Events (Open to all Malaysian Teams)
: 500 metres and 2,000 metres
5. RACING FORMAT
: All teams will follow the races from the early heats, repecharge / semi-final and final
6. RACING STYLE
7. RULES & REGULATIONS
: International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) & Putrajaya International Dragon Boat Festival (PIDBF)
8. ENTRY FEES
: Free of charge
: 12 crews boat – 16 members comprising 2 officials (team leader & manager)
14 crews (coach, paddlers, drummer & steerman)
22 crews boat – 28 members comprising 2 officials (team leader & manager)
26 crews (coach, paddlers, drummer & steerman)
: There must be a minumum of 5 entries for each race to run.
Radius Hotel (250 Rooms) – USD 40.00 PER PERSON PER DAY
Puteri Park (60 Rooms) – USD 40.00 PER PERSON PER DAY
For Those on FREE & EASY PACKAGE, They can call Radius Hotel and Puteri Hotel Directly and make payment themselves, which is not through Mayflower.
The hotels will charge RM 130.00 per night upon producing filled-up form prepared by event organiser, MESB.
Transport available if require but chargeable.
They must fill up form and fax to Hotel and MESB.
Puteri Park Hotel and Radius Hotel now accommodates to No Hassle Package and FREE & EASY PACKAGE
Hosted Teams remains at Wira Hotel.
PLEASE CONFIRM ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH REGISTRATION. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS.
TRANSPORTATION to get there
AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICES:
The Organizing Committee has made available bus transportation from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) to official event hotels and return to the airport at the conclusion of the event. In order to take advantage of this service, it will be necessary for all (or a significant majority) of crew members and their guests to arrive and depart at the same time and stay at one of the official event hotels. This service is not available where crew members are arriving or departing at significantly different times on the same day or on different days. These transportation charges will be included in the accommodation package.
FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO RACE COURSE AND EVENTS VENUE :
The Organizing Committee has made available shuttle bus transportation for crews and their registered guests to and from official event hotels and the race course on race day.
RACE DAY LUNCHES/FOODS
Lunches will be available to all competitors and their coaches, managers and registered supporters on the three competition days the costs will be included in the accommodation package. Teams not taking the packages can purchase their food at the festival site at reasonable price.
A Celebration Dinner Party will be held on Sunday, June 7, following completion of competition. A nominal fee of RM50.00 per person will be charge. Please advice on supporters.