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Sheikh Mohammed surprise visit lights up 2015 FAI World Air Games

December 6, 2015

George Cotet, Olivier Masurel and Luca Bertossio were among the gold medallists at the end of the seventh day of competition at the 2015 FAI World Air Games being hosted at various locations in Dubai. 

The highlight, however, was a surprise visit to the Skydive Dubai dropzone from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed spent a considerable amount of time at the venue in the company of Saeed Hareb, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee for the World Air Games and General Secretary of Dubai Sports Council and Yousuf Al Hammadi, the Championship Director for WAG. 

“The visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to our event shows the keen interest he has in everything that happens in the country. He was interested in knowing details about the various competitions while spending his valuable time watching the competitions as well,” 

Saeed Hareb related later.

The day’s competition was dominated by countries from Europe with Olivier Masurel of France winning the gold medal in the Powered Aerobatics category, while Luca Bertossio clinched the gold medal in the Glider Aerobatics category.

George Cotet continued his good work in the Paragliding Accuracy Landing category with the pilot from Romania finishing in first place ahead of Qiang Ma of China and Serbia’s Goran Djurkovic. Nunnapat Phuchong of Thailand was placed tenth overall, but she took the top standing among all women competitors.

The Aerobatics competition at the World Air Games has been divided into two categories - powered and glider.

In the Powered Aerobatics, Frenchman Olivier Masurel maintained his strong start as he ended three days of competition with a total of 13,548.89 points for an overall percentage of 76.851 to take the gold medal.

Russia’s world champion Mikhail Mamistov did not have the best of competitions here as he ended way down while making place for Poland’s Artur Kielak to take the silver and American Rob Holland the bronze medals.

In the Gliders category, Luca Bertossio stayed unchallenged to take home the gold medal, while Ferenc Toth of Hungary won the silver medal and Premsyl Vavra from the Czech Republic claimed the bronze.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the fourth edition of the World Air Games is being held in 23 different disciplines at various dropzones in Dubai. The main venue for the competition is the Skydive Dubai dropzone where activities will be held daily till the finals on December 12 (Saturday).