Every two years, countries around the world select their very best Waterski athletes to compete for the titles of World Champion in their respective disciplines. With over 30 million active participants in the sport, all eyes will be on these 2011 World Championships taking place on July 17/24 in Russia.
This weekend will see athletes, IWWF officials and supporters arriving at Moscow’s Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo Airports for transfer to the City of Dubna on the picturesque Volga River. Dubna, Russia’s watersports capital and renowned for its international academic facilities and research centres, is steeped in Waterski history. Local Russian athlete, Natalia Rumyantseva, set five World Tricks Records dating back to 1979. The City also has the unique distinction of having hosted six successful Waterski World Cup Stops in recent years and will provide a spectacular stage for this major sporting occasion.
With permanent seating for over 30,000 spectators at Dubna’s Watersports Arena, this will bring a special atmosphere to these World Championships. City Mayor Valery Prokh and his team have worked wonders in developing the local watersports facilities in this Region of Moscow, widely regarded as the best in Russia. MasterCraft will supply the competition boats and Chief judge, Nikki Lee USA will manage the 21 IWWF officials and technicians who will travel from fourteen countries to ensure success.
Throughout the 2011 World Waterski Championships, a special information channel will be available at : http://www.iwsftournament.com/ChiefJudgeBB
There will also be an active Twitter feed at : @ChiefJudgeDubna
The latest available Timetable summary for next week’s activities is as follows :
Accreditation and Official Opening Ceremony
Preliminary Rounds – Slalom and Jump / Men & Women
Preliminary Rounds – Slalom Men and Tricks Women and Men
Preliminary Rounds – Slalom Women and Men , Women Jump and Men Tricks – and International Hall of Fame Ceremony
Thursday 21st Morning
IWWF World Congress
Thursday 21st Afternoon
Preliminary Rounds – Men Jump
Completion of Preliminary Rounds
Finals Women Slalom, Men Tricks, Women Jump – and Medals Presentation
Finals Men Slalom, Women Tricks and Men Jump – and Medals Presentation
Closing Ceremony, Banquet and Volga River Cruise
The very hospitable Dubna organizers are renowned for their enthralling Opening and Closing Ceremony presentations. As this is the most important Waterski tournament ever organized at this very impressive Watersports Arena in Russia, some surprises await the athletes and audience during what promises to be a fascinating World Waterski Championships.
Reports and photos will be available throughout these Championships at : http://www.iwwfed.com/