FEDERATION of International Touch (FIT) president Erick Acker gave the thumbs up to Malaysia for organising the 9th FIT Touch World Cup which was held at Equestrian Park in Putrajaya.
The 66-year-old Frenchman, who was re-elected for another term (four years) as president at the start of the ninth edition, gave credit to Capt (Rtd) Ahmad Sufiani Johari who helmed the event, excellent volunteers from Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia, FIT Malaysia, the Putrajaya community, media, spectators and officials.
He was even more impressed as the event was held for the first time in Malaysia.
“Malaysians are not only hospitable but have a good support system too.
“The venue was great and there was excellent teamwork. We are very satisfied and have no complaints at all.
“Everything is positive except for the weather, which is understandable, said Acker,” who has been FIT president since 2012 .
“Suffiani deserve special mention as he worked very hard for the past couple of months.
“We met Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in early March and he was very supportive.
“It’s a pity he couldn’t join us for the opening ceremony due to his overseas commitment during that time,” added Acker.
He also said that spectators both from Malaysia and abroad were very happy with the competition.
“There were about 8,000 spectators for the opening and closing and the figure is fantastic,” said Acker.
He said although there had always been good response in the past, this is by far the largest tourney held in the history of the championship since its inception in 1988.
A total of 2,500 participants (117 teams) from 26 countries took part in various categories.
In the last edition held in Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, Australia, there were 20 countries with 2,000 participants taking part.
Acker has vast experience in the game, gained over 29 years.
He started playing for France in 1990 and thereafter pursued refereeing and coaching before being elected as president.
The FIT Touch World Cup was officially closed by Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.
Men’s Open: Australia (New Zealand 3 Australia 4)
Women’s Open: Australia (Australia 10 New Zealand 2)
Mixed Open: Australia (Australia 7 New Zealand 6)
Women’s 27: New Zealand (Australia 4 New Zealand 5)
Men’s 30: Australia (South Africa 4 Australia 19)
Mixed 30: Australia (Cook Island 3 Australia 6)
Men’s 35: Australia (New Zealand 5 Australia 6)
Women’s 35: Australia (Australia 8 New Zealand 0)
Men’s 40: New Zealand (Australia 6 New Zealand 8)
Men’s 45: Australia (New Zealand 4 Australia 5)
Men’s 50: New Zealand (New Zealand 9 Australia 5)