Recently we wrote about the Pan American Club Crew Championships (PACCC) and was surprised by all the questions we received on who the Pan American Dragon Boat Federation (PADBF) was.
Here is a quick break down of the Dragon Boat Organizations and where the PADBF fits and how the USDBF and your specific region fit.
The established International Federation for dragon boat sport is the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF). In 2007, the IDBF was recognized as a member of SportAccord which is part of the Olympic Movement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The gateway to the Americas dragon boat organizations from the IDBF is through the Pan American Dragon Boat Federation (PADBF). To continue molding the worldwide dragon boat organizations to an Olympic organizational format, the IDBF required an organization to encapsulate the Americas as part of the Sport Accord/IOC. This requirement brought about the PADBF and it’s position in the worldwide organization below:
As you can see from this illustration, the USDBF and all of its sub-organizations reports up through the PADBF to the IDBF.
Let us know if you still have questions and we will do our best to answer them.