Canoe(Dragon Boat)

Canoe(Dragon Boat)

Sport Overview

A dragon boat crew consists of 10 or 20 rowers, a coxswain and a drummer. In order to win the race, the whole crew must muster its strength and move in perfect synchronicity.


(General Category)
GenderEventGradeAge Categories
WomenSmall (10)30+,40+,50+
Standard (20)30+,40+,50+
MixedSmall (10)30+,40+,50+
Standard (20)30+,40+,50+
OpenSmall (10)30+,40+,50+
Standard (20)30+,40+,50+

*Regarding the gender categories;
 ・For open teams there are no gender limitations (including steerer and drummer).
 ・A mixed team must contain a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 female paddlers (The drummer and steerer do not fall into the team’s gender category). For small boat race, this shall be 4 to 6 females.
 ・A Women’s team must be composed of 100% female participants, including paddlers and drummers. (The steerer can be of any gender.)
* Regarding the age categories;
 ・The age of the youngest paddler in the team will determine team's age category (the ages of the drummer and steerer are not taken into consideration).
 ・The age category entered must be either the actual age category or a younger age category.


Nothing in particular. Provided, however, that persons with heart disease wearing a pacemaker are not allowed to participate for to avoid sudden physical burden.
Those who apply individually will be randomly assigned to a team by the executive committee.

Age Requirement

Minimum age is 30 (born on or before 31 December 1992)
In line with the sport-specific rules, an athlete must compete in their designated age group, with your age determined as at 31 December 2022. For example, if you are 39 during Games time but have turned 40 by 31 December 2022, you would compete in the 40+ age category.
* Paddlers , drummers , steerers , all players must be at least 30 years old.

Sport News

[12th May,2021]Updated '6 Rules and Method of CompetitionOrganisers' of Sports Information Guide.
[1st March,2021]We have released the Sports Information Guide with new schedule!

Sports Information Guide


Sport Discipline May 2022 Venues
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Canoe Dragon Boat                              
Biwako Motor Racing Course
Kumihama Bay Canoe Stadium
Tsuburo Lake Canoe Stadium
Naka River Wajiki Rhine
Onzui Lake Canoe Course

※The above schedule was created based on the information that is current as of 1st March, 2021. It is subject to change due to various circumstances in the future.


Biwako Motor Racing Course

Location 1-1 Chagasaki, Otsu, Shiga
Games Accreditation Sports Check-in
Access ・15minutes walking from Otsukyo Sta.
・15minutes by car from Meishin Expressway “Otsu”Interchange
Official Homepage

Sport Check-in

[Reception date and time]
 Friday, 27 May 2022, 9:00 – 15:00

[Reception place]
 Biwako Motor Boat Racing Course 1st floor of the competition headquarters
 (1-1 Chagasaki, Otsu, Shiga 520-0023)

 The representative shall make the entry and the crew list and their IDs shall be verified.

Nearest Village

Masters Village Shiga

Location 2-1 Hamacho, Otsu City, Shiga 520-0041
Access ・From BiwakoHamaotsuStation, please proceed toward BiwakoHotel through HamaotsuSkyCross (pedestrian deck) . HamaotsuA-qusis situated next to BiwakoHotel.
・From JR Otsu Station, Please go straight along Chuo-Odoriand Biwakohotel will be located 5traffic lights away from then. HamaotsuA-quswill be located to the west.
Official Homepage

Sports Equipment Rental

Life jackets (floating vests) need to be prepared by the athletes in principle, however, the organizer rents out some life jackets at the race site with the following conditions.
Contact the organizer at the race site on the race day (pay the fee if you need a manually inflatable life jacket)
. Receive and return the life jacket for each race. Please follow the instruction of the organizer.

Sports Equipment Non-inflatable life jacket (within chest size 105cm, weight 90kgs)
Rental Fee free of charge.
Sports Equipment Manually inflatable life jacket (bigger than above body size)
Rental Fee 2,000 yen per day.




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