PETALING JAYA: H2O Sports, the local organisers of the Powerboat Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix, are certainly doing their part to help put Malaysia on the world map.
For their outstanding organisational excellence and innovation, Malaysia were honoured with the prestigious City Emblem of Cagliari and City Seal of Cagliari by the Mayor of Cagliari, Emilio Floris, on July 4.
The honour came on the heels of H2O Sports winning the Best Organisers Award in Powerboat Formula 1 World Championships for two consecutive years (2001-2002).
The H20 Sports managing director, Datuk Yahya Jalil, received the award in Cagliari when he went to witness the third leg of the 10-round championships held there.
Yahya said that the honour was a fitting recognition of H2O Sports' contribution towards the advancement and development of the sport globally.
It is a recognition of Malaysians' resourcefulness and ingenuity in introducing a new level of professionalism as an organiser of a world-class event, he said.
He thanked the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, for providing the inspiration and the sponsors for their support, without whom Malaysia could not have excelled on the world stage.
The other hosts of the championships are now using Malaysia as the benchmark for organisational excellence.
Likewise, competitors from the 11 participating teams have made it a point not to miss the Malaysian leg on Oct 4 and 5, said Yahya.
He said that the award would spur H20 Sports to organise a better if not an immaculate race when the sixth round of the championships comes to the Mines Resort City.
Were very motivated in going for an unprecedented three consecutive Best Organisers Award, said Yahya.
The international promoters of the championships, Nicolo di San Germano, also praised Malaysia, saying that they had raised the bar for organisational competency and were continuing to set new standards for the other organisers to emulate.