International Dragon Boat Federation Executive president Mike Haslam is in the country to lend a hand in the promotion of the sport.

He arrived last Thursday in the company of the Federation?s treasurer Alan Van Caubergh from South Wales, UK , for a four-day visit.

The boating boss told news men at the Kotoka International Airport that they are here to push the sport further and make sure it is accorded the needed attention.

He expressed the wish that their presence will help spread the good news about the sport he described as big, but which has not yet realized its full potential in Ghana.

?We are in 75 countries, and we want to visit all the countries we have supported with boats and other equipment. We want to leave here, leaving behind a people with the desire to long for boating,? he said.

?Ghana has great potential in boating, so we have decided to push it to the various schools. We are here to meet with some top government officials as part of our efforts to spread the good news about boating,? he added.

President of the Ghana  Dragon Boat  and Rafting Association (GDBRA)  Rex Daniel Wussah, who met the team, indicated that ?boating is our tradition, it has been with us since days of old, and I believe given the needed push, our paddlers will go places.?

Today, the 2013 edition of the Club Crew Boating championship will take place at Anyanui in the Volta Region.

The event, which is expected to be witnessed by the parent body officials, and put together by GDBRA, will attract 14 teams who will battle for honours in 200 and 500 metre events.

 By Kofi Owusu Aduonum


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