Beijing Water Shortage Forces Site and Date Change

For the 2008 FISU World University Championships.

Ming Tombs Reservoir – 1 to 5 October 2008 

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The recent technical inspection conducted by representatives of the IWSF, FISU and Chinese University Sports Federation, has resulted in a change of venue for the upcoming FISU World University Water Ski Championships. Low water levels at the beautiful Foban Emin Water Ski Club - host of the 2006 Beijing World Cup stop- prompted the inspection team to search for an alternate venue. 

After discussions with government officials, a detailed analysis of water level projections for the Foban Emin site and government approval to use one of Beijing’s most cherished treasures, the inspection team, which included IWSF president Kuno Ritschard, IWSF World University Commission chairman Phil Chase and FISU Water Ski technical chairman Sergey Efimouchkin, recommended to FISU that the championships be moved to the famous Ming Tombs Reservoir.

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Site of both the Olympic and Paralympic Triathlons, the Ming Tombs Reservoir, shown in the picture above, has a gigantic stadium which can accommodate large crowds for both the Opening Ceremonies and the championships. Unfortunately, contracts between the government and the IOC made it impossible for us to gain access to the site in time to transition it for water ski competition under the time constraints of the original dates. After careful consideration of several scenarios, a recommendation was made to FISU that the date be changed to October 1-5, 2008. FISU has just now approved the new dates and venue and they are now official. 

As stated many times over the past several months, the future of university skiing depends heavily on our ability to shine at this event. It is imperative that we showcase as many teams as possible and staff these teams with the best university skiers available. This is our CHANCE. On October 1st, water skiing will take center stage at this huge stadium, in front of thousands of people. The event is being run by the very same organization that will host the FISU Summer Universiade, in the summer of 2011. We will never get another chance like this…LET’S MAKE IT COUNT. 

Preliminary letters of intent from IWSF Federations added up to 17 countries. While this is a good start, we need more…lots more.   

The 1st Official Bulletin will be released shortly. It will contain all necessary information on eligibility and team requirements as well as hotel and preliminary travel information. An event website is also being planned and should be up and running in the next few weeks. 

Meanwhile, if I can help you with any other information, please do not hesitate to contact me at 

Phil Chase, Chairman

IWSF World University Commission