Over 50 teams from both home and abroad competed in the city’s annual dragon boat race along the Suzhou Creek over the weekend.
A total of 944 professional and amateur athletes, including those from the United States, Germany, Switzerland and France, competed with the top dragon boat racers from the city and across China. They raced on 200- and 500-meter long sections of the creek in Putuo District on Saturday and Sunday.
The team from Dali Town of Foshan City in south Guangdong Province won the top prize at the Putuo leg of the 2018 China Dragon Boat Championship on Sunday. The teams from the Shanghai Qianwei Sports Association, the Putuo police station, Caoyang vocational school and Shanghai Maritime University also won prizes in various group competitions.
As a highlight of this year’s event, the German football club Borussia Dortmund also competed with other teams. Players also held an exhibition on the river bank to showcase the history and culture of their club.
Apart from the club, organizers have also invited foreign companies and organizations based in Shanghai to participate. Teams from sports retailer Decathlon and Emlyon Business School competed in the open and invitation races over the weekend.
The Suzhou Creek dragon boat race was launched in 2004 to show the results of a clean-up campaign. The local government has invested some 14 billion yuan (US$2.2 billion) to improve the water quality of the creek between 1998 and 2011.