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Dragon boat racers ditch Hong Kong for Thailand
September 18, 2022
The world’s top dragon boat competition will ditch Hong Kong in favour of Thailand next year due to the former’s stringent coronavirus rules, organisers said on Saturday.
Hong Kong is trying to reboot its pandemic-hit sports scene even as it continues to follow a loose version of China’s zero-Covid strategy, which quashes outbreaks with travel curbs and quarantine.
The 2023 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships became the latest international sports event to abandon the Chinese city, according to the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association.
“Hong Kong’s current quarantine and isolation arrangements for visitors are still more stringent than that of other countries,” the group wrote on its Facebook page.
The event scheduled for next August will instead be held in Pattaya, the International Dragon Boat Federation confirmed.
Full story: https://www.bangkokpost.com/sports/2394 ... r-thailand