South Sumatra’s Palembang Airport, almost on the Equator, was even busier than usual today. Located a short flight from both Jakarta and Singapore, the city is about to host the final World Cup Stop of the Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Series of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) this weekend. On Sunday evening, the coveted World Cup Season Champions will also be crowned here. With no less that five World Champions on site, all are anticipating a spectacular last battle for the titles and the World Cup cash prize. The events will include Wakeboard, Waterski Jump and Slalom.
As the major spectator facilities, MasterCraft competition boats, TV cameras and general site preparations were signed off today at the impressive Jakabaring Sports City complex, the experience gained in hosting the successful Southeast Asian Games here last year with 6,000 athletes involved, makes this a perfect World Cup location. The excellent flat water conditions, 32C temperatures and wonderful festival atmosphere, should produce some very impressive performances from both the Waterskiers and Wakeboard Riders on Saturday and Sunday.
All the Preliminary Rounds and Finals will be available on both days on the World Cup Webcast site at : www.IWWF.TV
The Palembang, Indonesia, time zone is : Rio de Janeiro -9hrs, London -7hrs, Frankfurt -6hrs, Cape Town -5hrs, Moscow -3hrs, New York -12hrs, Los Angeles -15hrs, Perth +1 hr, Tokyo +2hrs, Melbourne +4hrs.
Just before sunset the Press Conference on site at the Jakabaring Sports City complex attracted a large gathering of Press and TV representatives. The details were presented by Mr Danny Boestami, Competition Director, Mr Amhad Rizal, Organizing Director, Mr Muddai Madang, Chairman of KONI – South Sumatra Sports Committee, Paul Fong, IWWF Asia President and Des Burke-Kennedy, IWWF Marketing & Media Chairman.
The Opening Ceremony will take place at 15.00hrs on Friday with over 6,000 children, dancers and musicians scheduled to take part. The World Cup athletes from 24 countries will also be included in the parade.
The World Cup Timetable which will be covered by the free live Webcast will be as follows :
08.00 – Slalom Women Preliminaries
09.15 – Slalom Men Preliminaries
11.30 – Wakeboard Women Semi-Finals
13.00 – Wakeboard Men Quarter Finals
15.00 – Jump Women Preliminaries
16.15 – Jump Men Preliminaries
08.00 – Wakeboard Men LCQ
09.15 – Wakeboard Women LCQ
10.15 – Wakeboard Men Semi-Finals
11.45 – Slalom Women Finals
12.15 – Slalom Men Finals
13.15 – Wakeboard Women Finals
14.00 – Wakeboard Men Finals
15.00 – Jump Women Finals
15.45 – Jump Men Finals
17.00 – World Cup Medal Ceremony on site
This World Cup Stop will be sponsored by South Sumatra KONI Province, and the National Indonesian Sports Committee KONI – and organized by the Indonesia Waterski & Wakeboard Association. MasterCraft will again provide the competition boats and technical support.
IWWF WORLD CUP
INTERNATIONAL WATERSKI & WAKEBOARD FEDERATION
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