THE stage is set for the third FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving, which gets underway today at Gravity Indoor Skydiving in Zallaq.
More than 100 teams from 25 countries are taking part in the event, which is set to feature the most advanced indoor skydiving athletes from around the world.
Today’s programme of events includes the official opening ceremony, competition draws and competitors’ and teams’ meetings. The first of three days of competition will be held tomorrow, starting from 8am.
The final day of the world cup will be on Sunday. Competition will be followed by the closing ceremony, awards presentation and gala dinner, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Among the competitors are world freestyle champions Kyrah Poh from Singapore and Maja Kuczyńska from Poland, in addition to world champions in 4-Way Formation Skydiving ‘Hayabusa’ and the 2-Way Dynamic champions ‘Windoor’ from Spain.
Bahraini participants include Shaikha Fatima bint Ahmed Al Khalifa in freestyle, in addition to the dynamic duo of world champion Ben Roane and Gravity’s senior instructor Garth Lewis, two Bahraini 4-Way Formation Skydiving teams and the Ministry of Interior skydiving team.
Gravity’s tunnel is one of the tallest glass wind tunnels in the world, with an overall height of 12 metres of tempered glass, width of 4.3m and a speed that can reach up to 290km per hour. It is considered a pioneering initiative to support tourism, sports and the economy of the kingdom.
This is the first time that the world cup is being held in Bahrain. It is being hosted by the Bahrain Air Sports Federation.
The third FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving is being sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, Al Salam Bank, Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, National Bank of Bahrain, Tamkeen, Batelco, Alba, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC), Information and e-Government Authority, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) and Gulf Air.
For more details about the world cup, call 13100000 or visit the website wcis2018.com.