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Ground set for showdown

The logo and website of the World Parachuting Championships FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) Mondial, Dubai 2012 were officially launched at Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, on Sunday afternoon.

By Alex Leach

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Published: Tue 17 Apr 2012, 12:31 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:47 PM

The unveiling ceremony for the competition, which will take place here between November 28 and December 9 under the auspices of Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, was attended by its chairman, Shaikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Skydivers put up a splendid display of spot landing during the announcement function on Sunday. — KT photos by Mukesh Kamal

Following Shaikh Mansour’s arrival, the director of events, Yousif Hassan Al Hammadi, gave a speech prior to a high-octane video presentation of what exactly can be expected later on this year.

A distinctive, yellow plane carrying a half dozen parachutists set off while the film was rolling and the conclusion of the enthralling footage signalled their synchronised arrival from the skies.

The last man to land followed the five that went before him in saluting Shaikh Mansour and duly handed over an activation key to the guest of honour, who then placed it in a transparent prism.

That act set the wheels in motion for the unveiling of the logo as fireworks and music fittingly accompanied the moving back of LED screens to reveal the design of a parachute adorned with the UAE flag, together with the name and timeframe of the championship.

The projection of the official tournament website ( then concluded proceedings.

Ibrahim Abdel Malik, the secretary general of the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, said: “The championship constitutes a turning point at the level of FAI’s organisation of its activities, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

“We are quite confident that the organisation will send a message to the whole world that we are serious in our steps towards development and keen to keep up with the pace of modernisation and excellence.

Shaikh Mansour bin Mohammed and officials watch the skydivers in action.

“We are aspiring to a more brilliant future, where we can see our youth and sports at the best and highest levels.”

Yousef Yaqoub Al Serka, the deputy chairman of the National Olympic Committee and chairman of the Executive Office, added: “We stress that our national cadres are able, thanks to our leaders’ support for sports, to make the event a success in a way that incorporates such interest and reflects the development of sports in our country at the organisational and technical levels.

“This event will constitute an addition to our previous organisational successes, when we successfully organised major world sports events.”

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