Aaliyah to lead local challenge at annual Putrajaya Cup

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  • Saturday, 03 Oct 2015

In full flight: Aaliyah will be competing against much fancied opponents during the event.

The annual Putrajaya Cup, which also serves as the national waterski and wakeboard championships, will be held from Oct 9 to 10 at the Water Sports Complex in Precint 6.

The competition is being held to mark the National Sports Day celebrations and has received a good response with 60 watersport athletes from several nations in line to participate.

Regional powerhouse Indonesia had registered a 30-strong team while there will also be participation from Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand, France, Britain and the US.

Malaysia is also featuring a strong team with SEA Games double gold medallist Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah leading the way.

The 12-year-old, who has continued training with impressive results, will be hoping to retain her tricks title and earn medals in the jump and slalom as well.

Other national skiiers who are taking part include Syahir Nasir (slalom and tricks), Aiden Yoong Hanifah (slalom and tricks), Adam Yoong Hanifah (slalom and tricks) and wakeboarders Jeff Oh and Ariana Eimer.

Another talented skiier – Arianna Chow – has only just returned to training from a six-month injury lay-off and will not participate in the event under instructions by the National Sports Institute (NSI) doctors.

“Aaliyah will aim for a podium finish in slalom and jump despite stiff competition from Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand in the Putrajaya Cup,” said Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (MWWF) head coach Hanifah Yoong.

“Arianna though, is bitterly disappointed that the injury has now set her back by six months.”

Meanwhile, MWWF is also promoting the Putrajaya meet together with the HRDF Half Marathon, which is also a carnival with music buskers, handicrafts, cultural shows, horse riding, skating, as well as food and beverages for all families attending.

Besides the two-day competition, MWWF is also organising a “Watersports Open Day” in an attempt to promote the sport.

Participants can have a go at learning waterski or wakeboarding or just enjoy tubing with inflatables free of charge.

These sessions are slotted to run from 4 to 6pm on Oct 10 and all day from 9am to 5pm on Oct 11.

For details, call 012-272 1948 or email hanifah@waterski.com.my

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