PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will host the IWWF Waterski World Championships from Aug 13-19 at Putrajaya.
It will be the first major waterski competition in 11 years to be hosted by the Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (MWWF) - after hosting the back-to-back World Cups in 2008 and 2009.
MWWF vice-president Alex Yoong said they would use the world championship as a catalyst to launch a new grassroots development programme to encourage youths to succeed Aaliyah Yoong in the future.
“We also plan to start a new five-year plan with Aaliyah at the forefront as Malaysia looks to produce a waterski world champion,” said Alex.
“We’re also very happy to see Putrajaya grow to become a popular destination for waterski and wakeboard activities as many skiers from other countries come here to train between November and March every year.”
The 15-year-old Aaliyah is one of the products of MWWF development programme. She is now ranked No. 2 in the world in Under-17 girls’ tricks and No. 20 in open women’s tricks.
This year’s world championships have received the highest number of participants in the 70-year history of the IWWF world meets since 1949.
A total of 167 athletes from 33 countries will make the trip to Malaysia.