Macao Hosts International Dragon-boat Race

Caiquejees from Nanhai City of south China's Guangdong Province swept both the man's and women's titles at the 2002 Macao International Dragon-boat Open Tournament Saturday.

The teams of the Macao Youth Canoe Association and Macao Public Security Police took the second and the third places, respectively, in the man's race.

And Tianjin and Macao teams placed second and third in the women's event.

A total of 48 teams from worldwide took part in the race on an artificial lake opposite to the Lisboa Casino, the most famous gambling house in Macao.

Dragon-boat race is a traditional Chinese sport to commemorate the Chinese patriotic poet Qu Yuan who lived in the Kingdom Chu more than 2000 years ago.

(Xinhua News Agency June 16, 2002)

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