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China to hold first National Ice Dragon-boat Race

(Xinhua)

10:50, January 14, 2012

YINCHUAN, China, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- First National Ice Dragon-boat Race is going to be held on Sunday in Yinchuan, capital city of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

According to the source from Yinchuan Bureau of Sports, the race is jointly sponsored by General Administration of Sports of China, Ningxia Bureau of Sports and Yinchuan Municipal Government.

The race features three speed events: 12-men's 250-meter direct route race, 12-women's 250-meter direct route race and 5-family 150-meter race, said Duo Yongyi, director of Yinchuan Bureau of Sports.

"It has attracted not only 38 professional teams from Shanghai, Guangdong, Shaanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, etc., but also over 100 ice sports lovers," Duo added.

Yinchuan, renowned for its "72 rivers" in history, boasts many natural lakes and rivers. Two local Ice Dragon-boat Races were held in Yinchuan from 2010 to 2011.

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