Dragon Boat racing is a sport where a very long and narrow boat decorated with Chinese dragon heads and tails, is powered by a team of 10 to 50 paddlers.
It originated in China and is required to carry a large drum aboard that leads the crew throughout a race with the rhythmic beating that indicates the timing and frequency of paddling strokes, from the cadence to picking up the pace to slowing down.
Modern dragon boat racing is organised at an international level by the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF).
Sport racing distances are normally over 200 m or 250 m, 500 m, 1000 m and 2000 m, with formal Rules of Racing.
Dragon Boat racing was incorporated into the Asian Beach Games in 2008 and the Asian Games in 2010.