Who will represent our country in the Dragon Boat Racing tournament in the 2011 South East Asian Games (SEA Games) later this year? That question will be answered when the Philippine Dragon Boat Team (PDBT) goes up against the Philippine Canoe Kayak Team (PCKT). The faster team between the two will represent our country in the SEA Games.
We all know that the PDBT was able to bring home 5 gold medals and 2 silver medals from the recently concluded Dragon Boat Racing World Championships in Tampa Bay Florida. That's how good they are and I believe that they can do that again in the 2011 SEA Games. But apparently, the PCKT also wants their players to be in the SEA Games. The problem now is that only one team can represent our country.
The problem prompted Mr. Richie Garcia, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chair to propose a face-off between the two teams.
The lapse time race records of the PDBT in Tampa Bay Florida will be the yard stick. The PCKT will have to break the PDBT's lapse time records if they want to be in the SEA Games.
Here are the conditions that the PCKT should fulfill if they want to be in the SEA Games.
"This means the PCKT will have to turn in faster times than the PDBF’s four minutes, 59.79 seconds in the 1,000-meter premier open, 56.359 seconds in the 200m premier mixed, 2:23.535 in the 500m premier open, 53.418 seconds in the 200m premier open, and 2:28.789 in the 500m premier mixed."
In the next few days, the PCKT will undergo time trials under the auspices of the PSC. Let's just wait and see if they'll be able to beat the time records of the PDBT.