About DBFI

Dragon Boat Federation of India (DBFI) wjavascript:void(0);as formed on 15th December 2007 with Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bhat, K.A.S. (Retired), as President & Mr. Wasim Raja as Secretary General. DBFI was affiliated to the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) as Basic Member certificate code B dated 18 December 2007 and IDBF Issue the Full Member Certificate Code FAF dated 01 Augast 2013. DBFI was affiliated to the Asian Dragon Boat Federation (ADBF) on 31th July 2008 in the ADBF Congress Meeting in penanag Malasiya. IDBF is a member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), now SPORTACCORD. The Asian Dragon Boat Federation (ADBF) was recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on 9th September 2005 in the 24th OCA General Assembly in Guangzhou, China. Dragon Boat Federation of India was Registered 09th May 2013 under society act-2012 at Yamunanagar, Regd.No. HR-YNR-2013-0106 in Haryana State under President ship Mr. Surjit Singh Bajwa.Currently . Mr.Vinod Kumar B. Sharma is President and “Mr. Parveen Kumar is Secretary General of DBFI.We are a dedicated organization which promotes Dragon sport at international level. We are the only organization in India for this unique sport and affiliated to International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) and the Asian Dragon Boat Federation (ADBF). We are one of the members out of 74 countries members in (IDBF) licensed to participate internationally and have been promoting it since five years. This is quite a popular game in Kerala where it is celebrated as Onam festival and in West Bengal, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir. It was a regal sport in J & K where royal families used to organize such sports and still a famous sport there. Slowly and steadily different states in India is also growing interest in it, states like UP, MP, Haryana etc.

Championships Conducted

1st National Dragon Boat championship was held in Kolkata in 2008 .2nd National Dragon Boat championship was held in Guwahati in 2009. 3rd National Dragon Boat championship was held in Bhopal in 2011. 4th National Dragon Boat championship was held in Alappuzha in 2012. 5th National Dragon Boat championship was held in Alappuzha in 2013-14. 6th National Dragon Boat championship was held in Bilaspur( Himachal Pardesh) in 2014 also we have conducted IDBF IRO grade-1 official Course under supervision Mr. Mike Thomas Chair IDBF Technical and Compitition Commission. 7th National Dragon Boat championship was held in Gowahati(Assam) in 2015.8th National Dragon Boat Racing Championship held at Dharbhanga,Bihar in 2016-17. 1st National Dragon Boat Federation Cup 2017 at Kolkatta.

We participated in the 8th Asian Dragon Boat Championship 2008 in Penang, Malaysia in July-August 2008 & in the 9th World Dragon Championship 2009 in Prague, Czech Republic in August 2009. 2nd Makassar International Dragon Boat Competition in 8-11 November 2013.IDBF Penang International Dragon Boat Festival 10-11 December 2016

Future Plans and Vision

We are conducting currently four national level championships and about to start a junior level dragon boat championship. We are focussing on technical developments of individuals so that technical experts will be available for this sport in near future and individuals make it as their carrier also.


Dragon Boat Racing is an ancient Chinese sport, started in Hong Kong as an International Championship in the early 90’s and spreading throughout the World from Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa to USA & Canada. Internationally Dragon Boat Racing is held as Competitions and Cultural Festivals. In ancient China, Chu Yuan, a poet, warrior, and loyal aid to the Emperor, fell victim to plots and deception, and fell out of favour with the Court. When the old Emperor died, Chu Yuan was unjustly banished and wandered the countryside writing poems he hoped would be heard and heeded by the new Emperor. Despondent, he finally threw himself into the Mi Lo River. His devoted followers, learning of his death, beat their paddles on the water and banged drums and gongs to frighten away the fish from Chu Yuan’s body. Athletes all over the world still meet to commemorate Yuan’s sacrifice for honour and justice. The sport has grown into an international competitive event, with Dragon Boat Races held around the globe from Hong Kong to Sydney and San Francisco to London.