The delegates at the IDBF Members Congress held in Tampa, Florida, USA on 8th August 2011, had the difficult job of deciding whether or not to confirm Tehran as the host City for the 2013 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships – the World Nations Champs.
Earlier this year the Iran Sports Federation transferred responsibility for Dragon Boat Sport from the Iran Canoeing, Rowing & Sailing Federation to the Iran Dragon Boat Federation, giving Dragon Boating autonomy as an independent Sport. As the officials now running the IrDBA had not been involved in the earlier discussions with the IDBF about hosting the 2013 World Championships in Tehran, they could not confirm to the Congress, that funding and hosting would be available to the levels previously agreed.
The IDBF Council therefore recommended that the 2013 World Dragon Boat Championships be re- allocated to Szeged, Hungary, as the Hungarian Dragon Boat Federation (HDBF) who were bidding for the 2015 Championships, against Dragon Boat Canada (DBC) with Welland, Niagara, had indicated that they could equally be ready to organise a World Championships in 2013.
After watching both presentations the Congress awarded the 2013 World Nations Championships to the HDBF, for Szeged and the 2015 World Nations Championships to DBC, for Welland.
Following a presentation from the Italian Dragon Boat Federation (FIDB) for Ravenna, Italy, the FIDB, was awarded the hosting rights for the 2014 Club Crew World Champs.
The Breast Cancer Survivors Commission, President (Jane Frost) announced that bids were now open for the 2014 BCS World Participatory Festival, venue to be decided early in 2012.
In supporting the development of formal competition for BCS crews, within IDBF Championships, the Executive President (Mike Haslam) confirmed that a BCS Division (and an All Cancer Survivors Division) would be included in the 2012 CCWC, to be held in Hong Kong.
Dr Raymond Ma, Chairman of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Association (HKDBA), confirmed that the dates for the 2012 CCWC had been changed at the request of the Hong Kong SAR Government and that the Championships would now take place from 4th-8th July 2012.