The Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (MWWF) have given the thumbs up for the water sports venue in preparations for the KL2017 Games in August.

A pleased Emirul Shahimy, the sports manager and tournament manager of the Malaysia Organising Committee (MASOC), believes that everything is running according to plan as MWWF host the pre SEA Games event – Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Internationals (29-30 July) – at the Water Sports Complex in Putrajaya.

“Our main focus is to test the equipment such as the boats, jump ramp, video judging technicalities and the backwash system.

“Our contractors will start setting up the venue on 1 Aug. The venue will host the triathlon, open water and the waterski and wakeboard events.

“As for now, we’re improving on the workflow in the hope to make it easier to manage the actual Games. So far everything is running smoothly and we have no problems here.

“We have to credit the Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) for their support in boosting MWWF’s preparation to make the tournament proper,” said Emirul.

According to the tresurer of MWWF, the grand stand of the venue is expected to cater 500 spectators.

The Games will have five nations – hosts Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines – competing from 26-29 August.

“Basically MASOC will ensure a proper distribution of tickets for the fans. The public area and VIP section will be located at the grand stand.

“As for the secured area, only the officials, athletes, and accreditation card holders will be permitted to enter due to security reasons.

The International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) have approved 24 qualified judges for the respective events.

According to Emirul, the waterski event will comprise a technical delegate from Malaysia and international judges from France, Czech Republic, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, China, and Singapore.

Meanwhile in the Wakeboard event, the judges participating will come from South Korea, Japan, China and Hong Kong. – BY ALVIN OH


Boat drivers

Waterski – Malaysia and Great Britain.

Wakeboard – Hong Kong and Japan.

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