Putrajaya, Malaysia, will host the final Stop of the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup series on November 6/8. This will be the 29th in the current series. Following the spectacular Stop in Liuzhou City in South West China earlier this month, Putrajaya now promises to once again deliver the perfect conclusion to what has been another very successful World Cup season.
Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), stressed the importance of the Olympic Games legacy for host cities. If ever there is a shining example of perfection in this area, it must be Putrajaya. The pristine Water Sports Complex site, close to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, was virtually unknown as a vacation / watersports site when the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup squad arrived for the first time in November 2008. Just one year later, all has changed. There is now a permanent and very active Waterski and Wakeboard club on site. Two special-purpose MasterCraft boats – the official World Cup boat sponsor, have been purchased for the trainees. The national Malaysian Junior Waterski Training Programme has been launched, experienced coaches have been employed and a series of very successful competitions have been completed. The 2009 Malaysian Waterski & Wakeboard Championships were staged in Putrajaya earlier this month. The World Cup legacy has been dramatic.
The President of the Putrajaya Corporation, Tan Sri Samsudin Osman, announced this week that an increase of over 30% is expected in spectator attendance at the coming World Cup Stop on November 6/8. Live TV coverage will be provided by RTM and a multi-camera Webcast will be available throughout. A special edited World Cup TV Show and News Edit will be distributed to 500 million viewers world-wide. Full details will be posted shortly at http://www.waterskiandwakeboardworldcup.com
The 2009 Putrajaya Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Stop will attract the World’s highest ranked athletes who qualified in Slalom, Shortboard and Jump. At least 13 countries will be represented including Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden and USA. The final list of qualified entrants will be published in the coming days.
As this will be the last Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup Stop of the 2009 season, the overall World Cup Crystal Awards will be presented in Putrajaya at a special ceremony as the sun sets behind the palm trees at this spectacular tropical setting on November 8th. Malaysia’s rapid development of both Waterski and Wakeboard over this past year is a prime example of what exposure to a Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Stop can deliver. Congratulations to all involved in Putrajaya.
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