Download the information bulletin for Round 2 Europe Cup Geel HERE
Download HERE the proposed discussion on the Masters category for European racing in 2016 at the next meeting. Please send you views to team captains before the end of October.
5 Aug 2015
For the first time ever we are staging Formula 1,2 and 3 water ski racing in the Historic
Maritime Quarter of Kings Lynn. Ready to rival the Diamond Race which is a world
renowned water ski race in Belgium, close to the Henseatic town of Antwerp this event will
be of a high octane nature with racing speeds of close to 100mph. Watch from the banks of
the Ouse whilst competitors race across the choppy water surface. We hope this will be an
unforgettable experience and one to continue for years to come.
Download the official race results from round 2 Europe Cup Geel HERE
Download the racing bulletin HERE
The International Viersel Diamond Waterski Race is well known all over the world. One thing is as hard as a Diamond and that is the water of the Albertkanaal: the racers love to compete in Viersel. Competing in the Diamond Race is like competing in the Olympics. Winning that same race is ….. an ultimate goal !. We want you to compete in this race. Make it once again your race!!!
9 Jan 2015
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Many old timers will be saddened by the news that John Hoiles after a short illness passed away peacefully on the 6th January 2015.
John was a true ambassador for ski racing in the early days
British skier Darren Kirkland was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Diamond Race by IWWF region E &A Racing Council
for his unparalleled success, longevity and commitment to our wonderful spot.
Hi Vera, just to say, thank you so much to you and all the members of the E&A council. It is still a great feeling to be recognised by all of you, who without all your efforts behind the scenes there wold be no racing. Thank you all so much for your continued effort and support to my ski racing family and myself. Thank you all once again and hope you will share this message with the rest of the council world wide !! Darren Kirkland xxx
2014 Europe Cup series round 3, VIERSEL, Belgium, 29th June
Round 3 of this years competition was the occasion for the 29th running of the famous Diamond race in VIERSEL, on the Albert canal outside Antwerp, and the usual exceptional weekend of action unfolded.
There were a very healthy number of European skiers and teams, but we were delighted to welcome no less than 6 skiers from USA and Australia, who certainly enhanced the occasion, making a total of 70 skiers from 7 nations.
This massive occasion, so expertly staged by the city of Zandhoven and the VIERSEL waterski club is a feature of every season of waterski racing because of the exciting location and unpredictable water conditions which are most testing.
First race of the day was the Eurokids, for our two pre junior age group skiers of under 12 and under 15. There were 4 in each age category and the younger ones did two circuits of the 4km course with Ellen Rodens taking an excellent win in 12 minutes 13 seconds – the first home win of the day. Not far behind was Lauren Bird of GB, withSam Verweire also of Belgium in 3rd and Lenz Evereart of VIERSEL home in 4th.
In the older age group, there was further joy for the host country asTommy late remains was just too good on the day for Hannah Bird of GB after 31 minutes of racing. Julie’s Fehrmann of Germany took third here after two wins in the previous rounds, so there is everything to play for in the final round at GEEL also I Belgium next weekend. Sadly Daisy Slade of GB could not finish today. A good start to the racing despite the inclement weather.
Next action saw the Juniors and Men’s Formula 3 taking to the water. Demi Maeckelberg and Ewald Wismans unpredictable boat no.11 to the fore just clear of GB junior Ben Manchett and Martin Wiles Extreme no.47 with Tom Smith and no. 21 in contention. By lap 3, Ben Manchett had eased ahead and he powered home for another great win, with Demi a healthy second and Tom recovering after a swim to claim 3rd spot. Lee Holland of GB was a good 4th behind the F2 rig of Dave Ellis and Sam Clark and her GB rival Nadia Mersey were 5th and 6th in class.
Men F3 is a great category for close competition with 14 contenders today all completing the 35 minute plus one lap race on the gruelling canal.
Bebian stalwart Kelly Nulens again proved the best leading home first 4 all from Belgium to take step towards another title with one race to go.
Frederic De Wachter was second and Kristof Poetsch third. Best Brit was Ashley Cooper in 5 th place with Dan List oddly subdued today in 9th position. Good finishes for Laurent Pradal of France and his team mate Alioune Cisse in 6th and 8 th respectively.
We then enjoyed the encounter of the grand old men of waterski racing the Masters or those over 35 years young! These stars ski with the Ladies who are split into 3 groups according to tow boat engine size. 5 Masters entered the fray along with 14 Ladies.
Before the race there was a very touching ceremony as the lady competitors and teams witnessed on the Canal, a memorial to the late and lovely Sarah Teelow our World Champion F 2 Lady skier from Tenerife 2013 who passed away last November..Sarah’s ashes were laid to rest on the canal to the accompaniment of her favourite Elton John song called…..????
A fitting tribute to a great water skier so tragically taken from us all in her prime.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Tania and Chris her parents and to her family and friends who came across to Europe.
F1 lady, Kathrin Ortlieb of Austria, was immediately to the fore with local lady Vicky Leysen holding a good second with her team mate, Christel Magdeleyns laying 3rd.
Kathrin has already clocked up, two wins in this series and was again imperious here today as she romped to victory today, a full 3 minutes ahead of her rivals after 41 minutes of great skiing on this renowned track. Vicky did well to secure a sound second, with Christel also finishing strong for 3 rd another 40 seconds astern. Sylvia de Speigeleire was home in4 th to complete he class. Sabine Ortlieb once more showed her ability as she won Ladies F 2 for Austria, just 17 seconds clear of Hailey van de Ven who in turn beat her Belgian co- team member Gitte van Gool. 6 th and 7 th places for GB interest with Gina Robinson just ahead of Marisa Alongi.
In Ladies F 3regular winner,Chris Rydl convincingly triumphed over Morganne de Cock with Ruby Dom not starting. Chris enjoying a great run in this class of results and is clearly the one to beat right now.
Final race of the day saw 22 men compete in the F1 and F 2 event and strut their stuff. The power play! The 5.8 km course was eaten up as the fierce contest took shape. As in round two in Austria Dave van Steelant of VIERSEL set a blistering pace for others to challenge and was clear leader after the first lap, although Darren Kirkland of GB was up close in 2 nd with Buby Bertels lying 3 rd and Jack Lynch of GB 4 th. Van Steelant was never pressured but by lap 3, Steven Van Gaeveren had pushed up to 3 rd and a lap later he had taken over second place. Where was Todd Haig? He missed his pull at the start and was languishing in 21 st spot on lap one, with it all to do! So watch this space. By lap 4 he had surged up the field to 9 th, and on lap 5, was into6 th– remarkable! After another stormer he moved into 4 th and was close to the front three of Dave, Steven and Darren.
On lap 9, Haig and his Nordic team no191 were into second place and set fair to chase the leader when their boat was swamped by another and the ignition was cut. They thus fell back to 4 th but back into the fray and powered on.
All the while team no72″ Axion” and Van Steelant maintained his pace and the lead to romp home victorious after 56 minutes.
Kirkland had regained second spot at the flag for another excellent effort with his” Uno Addito” team of Patrick Klaus and Wayne Harvey, but Haig was now only10 seconds astern in3 rd place after an amazing performance by skier and crew alike. Steven Van Gaeveren was a very strong 4 th and was the only other skier to complete 13 circuits of this boiling circuit.
Two Brits in the persons of Jack Lynch and team 200 and Harvey Robinson and team 38 made their own mark today with a good battle for the next places in
F1 with Jack in 5th place for much of the hours’ work until Harvey eased past on the penultimate lap and held off his rival at the finish. But good performances all round with Will Newland team no47 in8 th.
In Formula 2, the early pacemaker wasDarryl Tyndall of GB and his Belgian team no. 29, with Dave Sewell and Jake Frame shadowing. Robin Marien of Belgium with” purple rain” no. 10 was always in the mix as well.
Disaster for team 76 and David Sewell when a persistent oil pressure failure caused their retirement on lap 7. Darryl soldiered on with Robin Marien in pursuit until the latter fell on lap 7. Meanwhile our Aussie and USA guests in F2 were starting to push for the front and on lap 8, Steven Robertson behind” Herbie no.272 took up pole hotly pursued by Jarod Teelow (173) and Cameron King (924) . These three were to contest the podium after 56 minutes with Jarod taking the gold, Steven the silver and Cameron came third, all from the back grid too. First European was Darryl Tyndall with team 29 in 4 th with Robin Marien hot on his heels. James Bartlett was 6th and Jake 7 th after solid performances. Barry Gibson of GB was 9 th and his all.
We now move to GEEL next weekend for the final round in this series with lots to go for.
Very many thanks thanks to VIERSEL club and all their unseen workers for another great weekend during which the IWWF region E &A Racing Council presented a lifetime Achievement award to the evergreen icon of ski racing Darren Kirkland for his unparalleled success, longevity and commitment to our wonderful spot.
Click on the link below to open the bulletin
The Diamond Race yet again proved to be a spectacular race in the European cup series. .
Euro Kids started the days racing & for some their 1st Diamond race in challenging conditions they all took on the canal very impressively. A huge congratulations to these young ski racers.
Men’s F1 & F2 was the highlight of the day with an outstanding win by Dave Vansteelant followed by Darren Kirkland & within seconds USA skier Todd Haig taking 3rd position. Men’s F2 1st Jarrrod Teelow (Australia) 2nd Steven Robertosn (Australia) 3rd Cameron King (USA) 4th Daryll Tyndall 1st European Skier
Congratulations to all competitors that skied this year.
A moving tribute to Sarah Teeleow was held before the start of the Ladies & Masters race attended by Sarah’s family & friends
Thank you to all the race organisers for yet again a great Diamond race. Looking forward to 2015 !
Download the race results below
Download the updated bulletin for the European Championships . Click on the link below
23 May 2014
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Please find attached participants race pack for the final round of the Europe Cup 2014
Please find attached the link to download the 2014 Participants Diamond Race Pack
29 Apr 2014
Download the official results Round 1 Europe Cup held at Stone 27th April 2014
Joyce & late husband Reg from Whitstable Water Ski Club were actively involved in British Water Ski Racing for many years at World, European & National level.
Wishing Joyce Williams a very happy 90th Birthday
6 Jan 2014
2014 PROVISIONAL Racing Calendar for E&A Region
27 April – Stone Europe Cup (GBR) To be confirmed
4 May – Beringen Int. Open (BEL)
31 May – Ybbs Europe Cup (Austria) more details
After the completion of the the post race F2 boat inspection conducted by Mercury Marine in Belgium, Boat #17 has been disqualified from the 18th World Water Ski Racing Championships in Tenerife / Canary Islands / Spain (September 2013).
The World Championships Team GB programme filmed by Sky while in Tenerife is being televised on 17th December at 5.30pm on Sky Sports Sports Unlimited then 5 further repeats thereafter
Call or Email Graeme Petrie if you would like more information on the sale of the Bernico F1 XTS
Tel: +44 7545 207219
Scott Brooks will be reporting live from the 18th World Water Ski Championships in Tenerife keeping you updated via Skirace.net website, Twitter and Facebook. Daily updates along with interviews with skiers and crew & write ups on each race.
You can Contact Scott Brooks at Scott@skirace.net
Skirace.net looks forward to keeping you up to date.
The European Cup has so far seen 3 events, the next round is at Geel Belgium 7th July with the final round at Eguzon France July 28th. Download here Up to date classification europe cup 2013-30-06
Check out the results of the Diamond race by visiting skirace.net Facebook page
Roger Lincoln has complied a DVD on this years Diamond race which includes footage from an on board camera on Todd’s boat If you would like to buy a copy @ £15.00 or £20 for overseas including package and postage please contact Roger Lincoln email@example.com
Download the race pack for Brixham below
Below you can download the information bulletin for the British National at Whitstable
Download HERE Whitstable Competitors Info pack 2013 rev 4
Download Cardiff Bay Race Pack here cardiff Bay race pack
Download the race pack for Weston June 16th here Weston race pack
Skier Alan Beck is looking for a tow preferably in the Seniors race but will consider all options. if you are able to help Alan get on the water please email
firstname.lastname@example.org 07779010237 Mobile
Roger Lincoln has provided film footage from Stone National Download HERE
Thanks to Cathy Bird for providing Stone Results of the 1st National held at Stone Watersports Club Sunday April 21st. The conditions were smooth with only boat wakes chopping the course up which seen some very fast speeds & excellent racing in all classes. Stone was also round 1 of the World’s selection races. Round 2 will be held at Lyme Regis May 5th.
Dave Llewellyn is looking for an observer in the Main race F3. If anyone is interested please contact Dave @ Dave@skirace.net or telephone 01443 831155
Team GB have skiers that are looking for boats to compete in F2 F3 of the Diamond race. Please drop me a line so I can pass your interest on email@example.com
Tina Veater has provided the race pack for the 2nd round of the British Water Ski Nationals Download the pack HERE
E&A Racing Council Secretary-General, Vera Van den Bossche has published the latest version of the E & A Racing Calendar on 13 March2013.
Rob Jenkins writes.. We are holding a southwest dinner complete with meeting & medicals to be carried out for drivers / observers & skiers.
The 2013 E&A Racing Rules have been ratified by the E&A Racing Council. Edited by Vera Van den Bossche, Thea Klarenbeek & Jules Leysen E&A Racing Council members and thanks to all officials that helped with the updates.
Any new or re-worded rules are indicated in red.
Electronic verions of these rules are available at IWWF.com, E&A (Racing and Skirace.net
- This booklet covers E&A Racing rules only
- For World Championship rules, go here
- For National races, refer to your individual country
Updated January 2013
Vera Van Den Bossche has announced the International open event has been cancelled due to logistic problems on the Canal.
Team Germany Skiers Seniors Russell Cox & F1 Kurt Brooks are looking for a boat to ski the European ski race in Eguzon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can accommodate either skier.
Chris Rydl and the IWWF in Europe would like to invite all Teams to the Competitor’s meeting to be held at Viersel this weekend.
Saturday June 30TH at 13.00 hrs
Location : Viersel – Mercury Tent
Full details: Competitor’s corner – Bulletin 2
Cathy Bird has kindly collated the overall results as they stand at the moment. Download the accumulative results HERE
Edited & Produced by Brooks Brothers Productions Scott Brooks captures a weekend of racing at Cardiff
Urgent Message re Cardiff Race Docks Access: Because of security concerns with the Port Authority, we have had to change the entrance that we are using to access the venue. The post code for this entrance is CF10 4LY.
The best approach is exit 33 M4. Follow the dual carriage way approx 8 miles until you pass under a short tunnel and arrive at a roundabout. Take the 2nd exit (this is nearly back on… yourself) and travel 200m to a T Junction. Turn Left at the T. Be careful after a in few meters the road splits. You must keep to the left and follow the road straight ahead. The right hand split is a dead end. I will try and get a sign there for tomorrow. There will be NO ACCESS after 10.00pm & before 8am Saturday & Sunday.
Cathy Bird has kindly provided the results from Lochearnhead. A big thanks to the Scottish for putting on a great weekend of ski racing.
The 2012 Catalina ski race will take place July 21st at the Hotel Maya Long Beach California .Download the entry form HERE
Scott Brooks has put together a clip of Team Brooksy racing at Hunstanton in the 2nd round of the British National Championships. Click here to view http://youtu.be/ADVRQZ_zTK0 or watch below.
Roger Lincoln has provided excellant coverage of the Hunstanton National available to own on DVD with printed disc and professional DVD cover with slip for just £20 in the UK and £25 for the rest of the world including postage.
Muckendorf was the venue for round 2 of the European Cup. Thanks to the Austrians for a great 2 days of racing
Download the official results
Tulln Austria hosted round 1 of the European Cup. Teams from Europe competed on the infamous River Danube. The racing was a mixture of fast and choppy conditions. Round 2 will be held Sunday May 20th at Muckendorf Austria Download the official results HERE
Mandy Rix has provided the racing pack for round 2 of the British National Championships being held Sunday 27th May
Round 1 of the British Water ski racing championships were held at Lyme Regis this weekend. Thanks to Lyme Regis club for hsoting a great weekend of ski racing,it was good to see some old timers return to the sport. Download the race results HERE
Click the poster below to open and download the PDF contain 11 pages of full details about the Tulln European cup water ski race in Austria on 17th May 2012.
Team #111 are looking for an observer for formula 3 this weekend. If you are available to observe please contact Dave Lllewellyn 07986 076072
Click the poster below to open and download the 10-page programme with full details of the European Cup race in Muckendorf Austria on 20th May 2012.
Stone Watersports Club – Just to let you all know a little more about the format. We have 4 races with 6 different classes. The classes are 2Up Open, U14s, Novice, U18s, Womans Open, Mens Open. These can be seen on the PDF document posted on skirace.net about the e…vent. The top 6 boats in each race will score points, the highest total point boat of the day will win a cash prize! If your a skier but havent got a boat, we will find you one. The same if you have a boat but no skier. We Look forward to seeing as many boats as possible in each race and newcomers to the sport in the novice class.
Mandy Rix has provided the attached race pack for the Hunstanton Regional 29th April
Richard Hernaez has launched a brand new web site for the 2012 European Cup race in Eguzon France.
Go to www.eguzon-skirace.com for the latest news on this great international event in he heart of France.
Burnham On Sea are hosting an International Open Water Ski Race 15th April 2012. Download the competitors information pack HERE
Bernico international unveiled the new Bernico F1 extreme, built for Andre Schurle of Team Germany, at the Gent boats show in Belgium this weekend
The Europe & Africa Racing Council has published the E&A Racing Rules for 2012.
Note that any new or re-worded rules are indicated in red.
Team Germany F1 Skiers Kurt Brooks & Russell Cox will unveil the brand new Bernico F1 Extreme boat, built for the team at the Gent Boat show in Belgium at 8pm Friday February 17th. Team Germany’s Andre Schurle has said how excited he his at the complete new look of the Bernico F1 Extreme. We at skirace.net will look forward to putting pictures of the new Bernico F1 Extreme on here as soon as the boat has been unveiled.
Courtesy of Vera Van Den Bossche, below is the list of (re)elected Council members as voted at the E&A Congress in Thessaloniki (Greece) on January 28th, 2012. Click here to open and print the list with contact details.
Click the poster below to download the 13-page programme for the 2012 European cup final water ski race at Eguzon in France.
Official web site at www.eguzon-skirace.com
Maybe one of the best kept secrets… Not anymore..
Water skiing, wake boarding, windsurfing…. take a look at Stone, based on the river Blackwater in St Lawrence Bay Essex, the Stone Water sports club has been established for over 40 years with a history in water ski racing, Water sports and jet skiing.
Skier Lukas foerstel is looking for a boat to tow him in the European Cup 2012. If you are interested in pulling Lukas please email him at email@example.com or Tel: +43 676 4880729
Click here to open and download the first EAME Competitors’ news bulletin for 2012.
Vera Van Den Bossche has published the E&A Official Racing Calendar for 2012 (updated 27 Dec 2011).
The Stone Water sports club Essex held a minutes silence in honour of 2 times World Champion Water ski racer Stephen Robertson . The chairman on behalf of the club send their condolences to the Robertson family.
Chris Rydl from Belgium has been elected as water ski racing’s new Athlete’s Representative for Europe & Africa.
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Stephen Robertson was honoured with a minutes silence at Hunstanton Ski Club’s annual trophy presentation Saturday 12th November. Hunstanton Ski Club pass their sincere condolences to The Robertson Family
It is with great regret to report that Britains Tony Malpas has passed away after a long fight against cancer. The old skool water ski racing will remember Tony.
Final results will be posted soon
Stone Watersports Club have a ski event the weekend of 10th September
Rob Harks has a great portfolio of shots from this month’s 5th and final round of the European Cup series in Cardiff.
Wendy Waite has sent through the up to date results for the British National Championships
Germany’s Tim Lewalter is looking for a pull at this weekends National in Brixham. If anyone is available to pull Tim please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Waite has provided an up to date list of the results so far in the National Championships. The final round will take place August 14th at Brixham
Thanks to Scott Brooks for keeping skirace.net updated with Twitter at Cardiff Bay for the European Cup.
After 5 rounds in four countries at Vienna, Viersel, Geel, Eguzon and Cardiff, the 2011 European Cup Champions are:
Thanks to Martine Ciroux, below are the results from yesterday’s 5th and final round of the 2011 European Cup racing at Cardiff Bay in the UK.
Dave Llewellyn & Howard Smith have published Bulletin #2 for the Cardiff Bay European Cup.
Click here to download bulletin #2 for participants
The official web site for the event is at www.cardiff.skirace.net
The Cardiff Tourism & Cardiff Harbour Authority links there have terrific information to help you get the most out of your visit to Cardiff. And also don’t forget the Cardiff iPhone app.
Note: The race venue post code for use with GPS / Sat Nav devices is: CF64 1TP
Team Captains for all nations – PLEASE help the race organisers for the Cardiff Bay European Cup Race by submitting all entries for your respective teams urgently.
Team Captains, please email your entries to Howard Smith
(Assistant Chief Judge) email@example.com
Teams should not submit their entries themselves. Everything must come via your Team Captain.
The entry form also for download from the event web site at www.cardiff.skirace.net (find it at the top right of the site).
Which sport will join the Olympic Games programme?
With the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announcing its shortlist of sports vying for inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics, SportsPro is asking its readers, which one of the eight contenders will be added to the programme for the 32nd Olympiad?
While baseball still remains as popular as ever in America, the IOC clearly deemed it to have less appeal on the world stage when, in 2005, it announced that baseball, like softball, would make its final appearance at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Despite making the latest shortlist, the sport is unlikely to be chosen so soon after being excluded, but will the IOC be convinced enough by the new bid to perform an uncharacteristic about-turn?
Softball’s high proportion of female participants may be its advantage over other sports in the list, mainly because the IOC is looking to increase female involvement in the Games. In fact, while the IOC noted the sport’s lack of global appeal for its exclusion from the programme, many were shocked by its decision, considering its well-publicised commitment to gender equality. Though softball has the support of Australian Olympic Committee president, John Coates, will the sport gain enough backing from other members of the board to see it reinstated on the Olympic roster?
The International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) was recognised by the IOC in 1967 and, since then, it has grown to include over 90 member nations and organise a number of international competitions. Of the eight sports vying for inclusion, wakeboarding is the only watersport and its popularity is growing worldwide. IOC president Jacques Rogge said the sport “provides great entertainment for the spectators and adds further youthful appeal,” but will that be enough to see it included in the 2020 programme?
Squash’s campaign for a place on the 2020 sports programme has been led by one of the sport’s legends, six-time World Open champion Jahangir Khan. President of the World Squash Federation (WSF) until 2008, Khan believes that, while squash has been trying for inclusion for several years, it should be included “on merit.” Now, the WSF has turned to Vero Communications, run by public relations strategist Mike Lee, who previously worked on the successful summer Olympic bids for London 2012, Rio 2016 and the Qatar 2022 football World Cup bid, as well as the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Having narrowly missed out on the 2012 and 2016 Games, will it be a case of third time lucky?
While many in the climbing world doubt whether the sport will actually be included in nine years time, merely being considered by the IOC is widely regarded to be a huge step forward for the multi-discipline event. In 2007, the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) was recognised as the world governing body for the sport, giving the newcomers the necessary organisational backing in the face of widespread criticism. Amongst other things, huge costs to build venues, a lack of popularity and doubts about broadcasting appeal have been outlined as reasons why the sport will not be included come 2020. However, despite its opposition, the sport remains popular in Europe and is growing rapidly, so will it be chosen when the IOC meet to announce the winner in Buenos Aires, 2013?
In its review of roller sports’ previous bid for Olympic inclusion, the IOC cited the sport as having relatively low worldwide reach, little media appeal and small revenues for its failure to include it in the London 2012 programme. On the plus side though, the sport would cost little to stage, as it requires no new facilities, and would appeal to a younger audience. Roller speed skating, one of the sport’s sub-disciplines, is currently present at events like the World Games, the Pan-American Games, the Asian Games and the Mediterranean Games, but will roller sports win over the Olympic committee skeptics?
Despite being put forward, along with squash, to the final two in the selection process for the 2012 Games, karate missed out on being included due to receiving just a third of IOC member votes, well short of the two thirds required for inclusion. Over the years, the sport has been championed by Ticky Donovan, who helped Great Britain to five consecutive World Team Championship victories. According to him, “it’s the tenth most popular sport in the world and there’s 50 million people training now. We should have been included in the Olympics many years ago – it’s long overdue.” Do you agree with Donovan?
As taekwondo is to South Korea and judo to Japan, so wushu is to China. Based on traditional Chinese martial arts, wushu is a full-contact discipline and would make for interesting viewing for foreigners who haven’t ever seen any action. But, despite the sport’s novelty factor for many, its obscurity and vast array of styles and judging criteria will most likely see it overlooked by the IOC, especially with the better known karate in the running. One proponent of the combat sport is film star Jet Li, himself a former Chinese wushu national champion. According to Li, realistically wushu will not be included for many years to come, but will the IOC take a gamble on the lesser known martial art?
*source – Sports Pro Media
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In a great effort to help make the Cardiff Bay weekend more affordable for many, the Cardiff Bay race organisers have announced that the Camper fees advertised for the event have now been cut from £100 to £60.
The event timetable of racing will be published this week.
The Cardiff Bay Race web site is at www.cardiff.skirace.net
Austria’s Lukas Förstel is looking for an F3 team for the Cardiff European race.
If you are interested, email Lukas at: L.firstname.lastname@example.org