Following last weekend’s spectacular Formula One Grand Prix, the Chinese Media are now heading for Changshu, just 45 minutes north of Shanghai. For the first time also, China will host a Stop of the Waterski World Cup, organised by the International Waterski Federation.

Changshu, called ‘Heaven on Earth’, offers the perfect mixture of old and new. Gleaming Shopping Malls and luxury Villas sit side by side with traditional Pagodas and street markets. The Mediterranean type climate, exotic local cuisine of seafood and crabs and holiday atmosphere, set a perfect scene for this next Stop of the Waterski World Cup.

Preparations at Lake Shang are impressive. A working party of 40 have installed over one kilometre of purpose designed bamboo panels around the entire waterski site to prevent any possibility of unwanted back wash. Two specially prepared MasterCraft competition boats arrived on site yesterday from the UK with the Company’s Managing Director Europe, Ian Birdsall. Towers have been erected to accommodate 22 TV cameras for the live broadcast scheduled for Saturday next from 09.00 to 11.00 (GMT+7 hours). Seven TV Companies will cover this Stop of the World Cup – CCTV 5, CCTV4, CCTV1, Jiangsu TV, Suzhon Changshu TV, Tianjin TV and Zhejiang TV. As all of China will celebrate Liberation Day this weekend, the estimated viewing audience of the Changshu Waterski World Cup Stop is 400 million.

Future City, the event Sponsors with MasterCraft, is a leading Real Estate Company based in Su Zhon City in Jiangsu Province. The Company is currently constructing 2000 high quality apartments in Changshu, close to Lake Shang where the competition will take place. This will enable Future City to focus attention on this new development in this expanding resort area which continues to attract investment from Shanghai and beyond.

Athletes from 15 countries at the top of the International Waterski Federation Ranking List who qualified for entry are now arriving on site via Shanghai. First to check in were Glen Campbell (GBR), Michelle Simpson (USA), Jodie Fisher (GBR), Jason Seels (GBR) and Jimmy Siemers (USA).

The list of VIP’s scheduled to attend China’s first Waterski World Cup Stop grows longer by day. Expected to join the Mayor of Changshu and City Officials at the Opening Ceremony and Finals on Saturday are the Deputy Minister of the Chinese Hydraulic Ministry, Vice President of China’s National Olympic Committee, the Director of China Watersports Administration, and senior representatives of Future City.

The weather forecast for the weekend is promising, with sunshine and 25C expected. Recent storms have left some wind in the region and it is hoped that it will also clear over the coming days. The stage is set for another exciting Stop of the Waterski World Cup here in Changshu, China.

CONTACT : Des Burke-Kennedy, Media Chairman, International Waterski Federation

Official Towboat Sponsor for 2004 World Cup

Changshu – Official Sponsor of the 2004 China World Cup Stop