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Mr Claudio Schermi, President-elect of the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF)

NEWS RELEASE (#2022-07) | 15 August 2023

Claudio Schermi speaking as president-elect of the IDBF at the 19th Ordinary Congress of IDBF Members, 2023

At the 19th Ordinary Congress of the IDBF held on 14 August 2023, Claudio Schermi (ITA) was elected IDBF President in a tight vote between Ms Julie Doyle (IRE) and Mr Peter Jarosi (HUN). Mr Mike Thomas will become the Honorary President and will retire when his term ends.

Claudio Schermi underlined two main areas that he will be focussing on:

  1. To reach out to all IDBF Members and the Continental Federations to see how the IDBF can help in their development and what support the IDBF can give.

  2. To ensure that IDBF gains International Olympic Committee recognition which will open the door for dragonboat to take part in Multisport Games.

Mr Stephan Fox, President of Alliance of Independent Recognized Members of Sports (AIMS) and Mr Raffaele Chiulli, President of The Association of IOC Recognised International Sport Federations (ARISF), are in full support of the IDBF in achieving these objectives.

"For the future, my long term vision is to see dragon boat racing in the Olympic Games.”

Regarding the fantastic dragonboat sport the President-elect underlines the Chinese and Asian traditions of dragon boat as a way of bonding our different cultures together.



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