EDBF Council meeting report

19 February 2011
On February 12th the EBDF Council meeting took place in cold and snowy Kiev. At the meeting the EDBF Board (President, Chairman, Vice-chairmen, Secretary General, Treasurer and Council Representative), five country representatives chosen from the many member countries in the EDBF and the chairholders of the EDBF commissions attended.

What was discussed? The most important change for the paddlers are some changes in the European rules. In the future there have to be only 4 teams in racing class to become European champions. (In the past the minimum number of teams was 6 teams in a racing class for the full championships title and medals to be awarded).

Another decision that is important for the paddlers is the new "sliding scale".If there are only three or less competing teams in a racing class, the sliding scale applies. The last one gets a trophy and the first and second team get gold and silver medals. If there are only two teams in a racing class, one team gets a gold medal and the other one a trophy. If there is only one team in a class the team only gets a trophy. All teams in the competition get certificates confirming their participation and placing, but no team in the sliding scale competition can call themselves European Champion. The idea behind this is to ensure that the quality of the European Championships title is upheld.

There was a review about the last European Nations Championship in Amsterdam 2010 and a preview for the 14th European Club Crew Championships in Kiev this summer. The first bulletin has been sent around and more information can be found on the championship website.

Also the next European Nations Championships scheduled for 2012 in Great Britain was discussed. A site visit to Preston (north of Liverpool & Manchester) is scheduled to take place this weekend and more information will be forthcoming.

Germany also presented a bid for the 15th European Club Crew Championship 2013 in Hamburg. It will be a tough decision for the EDBF members as Poland has also put in a bid intention. The final decision will be in August at the Annual General Assembly (AGA).

Another interesting development within the EDBF and IDBF is the inclusion of small boat racing (10 paddler boats, IDBF model 912). Small boat races are important to support the development of new dragon boat nations and the small boat class will be included in Tampa this summer at the World Nations Championships

Also worldwide dragon boat development was discussed. The IDBF is currently having discussions with the members of Sport Accord´s (formerly GAISF) non-Olympic sports in order to strengthen the position of non-Olympic sports within the international sports world. Sport Accord (formerly GAISF) is an organization for international sport federations and it has more than 100 members. Under Sport Accord membership rules, only one federation can officially represent a sport. The IDBF was officially accepted as the worldwide controlling organization specifically for dragon boat racing when it was admitted to Sport Accord membership in 2007.

Report submitted by Nils Asmussen,