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Chen Xiang, head of the sports bureau of Qiannan prefecture in Guizhou, t
old the thepaper.cn. It was agreed after meetings with education authorities and parents of stud
ents that the large crowd gathered during dragon boat races will create noise, Chen said.
Therefore, the dragon boat racing activities in the city, previ
ously scheduled on June 5-7, were postponed to June 9-11. Teams participating in the races were cont
acted and told the reason for the delay. They understood the reasons, Chen added.
An official at the sports bureau of Chizhou city, Anhui, said they have received letters and calls f
rom parents of examinees and people, expressing their concerns (that noise generated by dragon boa
t races may disturb students sitting the gaokao). So the bureau decided to postpone the races until June 9-10.