On March 14th, in Rome
- ICF (International Canoe Federation), represented by the Vice President Thomas Konietzko, by the chairman of the dragon boat commission Mr Luk Wai Hung and Ulrike Shreck, and
- IDBF (International Dragon Boat Federation, represented by the President Mike Thomas and the Treasurer Alan Van Caubergh,
- EDBF (European Dragon Boat Federation), represented by the President Claudio Schermi, the Vice President Ute Becker and the Treasurer Maura Dezi) and
- ECA (European Canoe Association), represented by the President Albert Woods
have meet and would like to issue the follow joint statement as a result of their discussion.