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Huge field for Dubai Parachuting Championship
Dubai: More than 1,500 jumpers from 43 countries have confirmed their entry for the Fourth Dubai International Parachuting Championship (DIPC) to be held at Sky Dive Dubai from November 27 to December 10.
Held for the fourth straight year under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman, Dubai Sports Council (DSC), this year’s championship will have a total prize fund in excess of Dh1.5 million for the top finishers.
“Since the first edition we have always strived to host the best. We thought last year was a great year after the success of the Mondial Dubai 2012, but this year we have added some more value to the championship and I am sure this year we will see something much more,” Nasser Al Neyadi, Chairman of the organising committee told Gulf News.
Al Neyadi was joined at the formal announcement of the event by Yousuf Al Hammadi, deputy chairman of the organising committee, Majid Al Bastaki, head of the media committee and Mohammad Yousuf, Championship Director.
The committee also released the inaugural edition of ‘Dropzone’, an exclusive skydiving magazine.
“Dubai has set the standard in organising some of the top events in the world of sport. And by organising this championship we want to honour the name and brand of Dubai in the field of parachuting,” Al Neyadi said.
Al Hammadi disclosed that the formal opening ceremony of the championship will be held on November 29 at the Meydan. “We are expecting at least 25 to 30 top international officials to be in Dubai during the course of the competition and the pressure will be on us to stage the best-ever competition in keeping with our high standards,” Al Hammadi related.
Registration for the championship closed on October 27, but Libya was among the last countries to confirm its participation. Oman, Qatar and Bahrain will be the other Arab countries who will be in the fray.
The UAE will have a squad of 37 members and will be the only country participating in all categories of the competition. “Parachuting has come a long way since its establishment in 1951. I think we have made our contribution in innovating and evolving this sport to what it is today,” he added.
Al Bastaki confirmed that the publicity of the event is being linked to Dubai’s bid for the 2020 Expo. “We’ve started publicising the championship with banners and hoarding all over the country along with a 227-metre long banner along Shaikh Zayed Road and on buses and taxis. We will continue with our campaign till the championship concludes on December 10,” Al Bastaki said.
What: 4th Dubai International Parachuting Championship
When: November 27 to December 10
Where: Sky Dive Dubai, The Palm Jumeirah
How many: More than 1,500 jumpers from 43 countries
Prize money: $420,000 (Dh1.54 million)
Opening Ceremony: November 29 at Meydan
Entry for public: Free