TOP international waterskiers from 80 countries will pit their skills against each other at the Putrajaya Waterski World Cup 2009 from Nov 6 to 8.
Jointly organised by the International Waterski Federation (IWF) and Putrajaya Corporation (PJC), it will take place at the Water Sports Complex in Precinct 6.
PJC president Tan Sri Samsudin Osman said at a press conference that Putrajaya would again be the host venue this year as it had a world-class water sports complex, a maritime centre and a five-star hotel.
“The format will be the same as last year’s event but we are expecting more spectators as they had watched the previous championship that was held in Putrajaya via the webcast.
“The water sports complex is ideal for the championship as the water is calm and without waves,” he said.
Malaysia is playing host to the third leg of the championship.
The first leg of the World Cup was held in Dubna, Russia. It was followed by the second leg in Lizhou, China, before the coming event in Putrajaya. The final leg will be in Doha, Qatar.
Sixty men and women skiers from 18 countries will compete in the championship, and among them will be those ranked in the top 20 in the world.
There will be three disciplines in the championship, namely slalom, shortboard (tricks) and jump.
The event will feature the particpation of Freddy Krueger, last year’s world champion in the jump category, and Women Slalom champion Clementine Lucine from France.
PJC is targeting 20,000 local and foreign spectators for the World Cup, compared with last year’s 15,000.
The event is supported by the Youth and Sports Ministry, Federal Territories Ministry, and Tourism Ministry.