Base jumpers feel the high at inaugural Putrajaya event


  • Community Sports
  • Tuesday, 04 Feb 2020

A base jumper preparing to land on a target.

THE inaugural Putrajaya Base Jump 2020 saw 34 base jumpers from nine countries leaping off the top of the 153m-high Women, Family and Community Development Ministry building.

Slated to be an annual event,

it was organised by Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) in collaboration with Ababil Base Jump Club Malaysia.

The two-day event last weekend saw 15 locals and 19 international participants from the United States, Russia, Indonesia, Estonia, Australia, Japan, England and Poland, competing on accurate landings.

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said this was one of the events held in conjunction with the administrative capital’s 25th anniversary.

“The event is also special because it coincides with Visit Malaysia 2020 and Federal Territory Day. This is the first base jump event in Putrajaya with international participation.

“Events such as this are among the many that we have planned to draw tourists and make them extend their stay in order to get to know more about the administrative capital,” he said at the launch.

PjC president Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim said based on the survey, at least 40 participants were expected at next year’s event.

Khalid (centre, in blue) and Aminuddin (standing, fifth from left) with the base jumpers and supporters of the  inaugural Putrajaya Base Jump 2020. — Photos: YAP CHEE HONG/The StarKhalid (centre, in blue) and Aminuddin (standing, fifth from left) with the base jumpers and supporters of the inaugural Putrajaya Base Jump 2020. — Photos: YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

“The event is also part of our efforts in promoting Putrajaya as an extreme sports hub,” he added.

There was also an exhibition on base jumping, parachute folding demonstration, archery activities and a flea market. — VIJENTHI NAIR
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