Just in case there was ANY doubt about dragon boat racing being included in the Olympics, which the ICF touts as one of the benefits of letting it control dragon boat racing as a sport, then check out the following article:
"The 15-member board must weigh the demands against its stated goals of gender equality and universality - the opportunity for all nations to compete with a realistic chance of winning medals - while keeping within a limit of 10,500 athletes."
It seems that the IOC will not allow inclusion of more athletes in the games, so to add one sport (or distance, discipline or gender) they have to cut another.
As for the ICF...
"The International Canoe Federation wants to give women a greater share of its 16 medal events, and offer a more exciting package for television viewers. In flatwater sprints, men currently enjoy a 9-3 share of the golds, while in slalom the split is 3-1."
Hmmm, no mention of the ICF championing the cause of Dragon Boat racing. Maybe that's because in order to include a sport with 22-26 member teams they would have to CUT ALL OTHER PADDLING SPORTS !!!! Do the math.
In summary, there is no way Dragon Boat will ever be included in the Olympics, so the ICF is blowing smoke when they claim that only THEY can get DB into the Olympics. They can't. No one can.
In the meantime they are offering completely half-baked versions of World Championships and Club Crew events, a smoke-and-mirrors ploy to simulate defacto ownership of the sport.
Sad. Give it up.