The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) and Malaysia Major Events, a division of the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), are thrilled to announce that Malaysia will be playing host to the 2019 IWWF Waterski World Championship happening at Putrajaya in August 2019.
Organised by the Malaysian Waterski & Wakeboard Federation, the sporting event is expected to attract around 1,400 international and 2,000 local attendees over seven days from 12 to 18 August 2019.
One of the world’s most exciting sporting spectacles, the biannual Waterski World Championship will see participants compete in three disciplines – Slalom, Jump and Figures. Speed and accuracy are of the essence in Slalom competition, which sees competitors to ski around six buoys, with the skier who rounds the most number of buoys on the shortest rope declared the winner. In the Jump event, the world’s best male skiers are expected to jump distances of more than 70 metres, with women not far behind, clearing more than 56 metres. In the highly anticipated Figures discipline skiers execute a breathtaking array of stunts and tricks, with the participant who achieves the highest aggregate score declared the winner.
A memorandum of understanding on bringing the event to Malaysia was exchanged between IWWF and MyCEB and the in Lausanne last week.
Says recently appointed IWWF Executive Director Paul Fong, “Malaysia Major Events has always been very supportive of the Malaysian Waterski & Wakeboard Federation as well as the entire watersports fraternity. In the past, Malaysia hosted the 2011 Sarawak Wakeboard World Cup and 2011 Putrajaya Waterski World Cup. So it’s fantastic that we are able to see yet another major water sport event being held in Malaysia’s capital, Putrajaya.”
Adds Tony Nagamaiah, General Manager of Malaysia Major Events, “Apart from attracting foreign and domestic tourism, we also really hope that the IWWF Waterski World Championship will boost awareness of water sports in Malaysia generally, and inspire more young athletes to get involved in what is a really exciting and challenging sport.”
Putrajaya’s hosting of the 2019 IWWF Waterski World Championship adds to an already impressive portfolio of events hosted by the city, including the recent IRONMAN 70.3 challenge, the Putrajaya International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta and the popular Royal Floria Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival.