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Rowers head for boat race

Guwahati, May 29: A 32-member Assam squad left here today to participate in the 1st Senior National Dragon Boat Racing Championship, organised by the Dragon Boat Federation of India, in Calcutta from May 30 to June 1.

The team will participate under the banner of the Assam Traditional Sports and Dragon Boat Association in the new sport. Although a recent inclusion in the international format, boat racing has been traditionally associated with different cultures in India. Dragon boat racing, originating in China, is almost similar to the traditional races in India with the only exception being the use of a drum in it to cheer the rowers.

The teams:

(Women) Dipanjali Das, Hemaprabha Das, Champa Das, Madhabi Das, Archana Das, Hiramani Das, Padmini Das, Ela Das, Trishna Thakuria, Kusum Kalita, Archana Kalita, Pranita Das, Dipika Das, Jaya Das, Madan Mohan Das (coach) and Basudev Thakuria (manager).

(Men) Dhiraj Kashyap, Pranabjyoti Kashyap, Dharmendra Das, Debabrata Choudhury, Manjul Haque, Saidul Alam, Piyar Ali, Mainuddin Ali, Shahjahan Ali, Musahaque Ali, Nur Mohammad Ali, Momin Ali, Ainul Ali, Sahnur Ali, Firoz Ali (coach), Khabiruddin Ahmed (manager).

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