The Department of Tourism (DOT) commends the historic feat of the Philippine Accessible Disability Services, Inc. (PADS) Dragon Boat Team as the inaugural champions of the recently concluded International Dragon Boat Federation’s (IDBF) 13th Club Crew World Championships para dragon boat category in Sarasota, Florida.
The PADS dragon boat team, comprised of differently-abled persons and persons with impairments, lorded over four categories: the 2,000-meter small boat PD2 category, the small boat PD1, and PD2 200m races, and the 500m small boat PD2 category.
“We commend the extraordinary achievement of the Cebuano para dragon boat team, which has brought pride to the Philippines,” enthused Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco.
“The DOT believes in the strength of sports tourism as a viable tourism product parallel to the Department’s support to Filipino athletes who are some of the best tourism ambassadors for our country,” she added.
The tourism chief emphasized that the DOT supports the staging of international and local sports competitions in the country to further develop different sports, including dragon boat racing which can provide a competitive edge to our athletes being an archipelago and surrounded by vast bodies of water.