2019 POWERMAN ASIA DUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS – MALAYSIA KICKS OFF AS PARTICIPANTS DESCEND ON PUTRAJAYAEditor
Race Pack Collection opens for 2019 edition’s Powerkids and Powerman participants.
After months of build up for the 2019 edition of the world’s largest Duathlon Competition, the Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia officially opened on Friday afternoon. Proceedings kicked off with the race pack collection for both the Powerkids and Powerman participants at the Auditorium Cempaka Sari in Putrajaya.
The non-competitive and fun-introductory level Powerkids category this year features over 300 registered entrants from more than 10 different nationalities. These include entrants from Japan, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Australia as well as from neighbouring countries, Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines. The 2019 edition of the event will also include the participation of its first ever cerebral palsy quadriplegia participant in the category.
Following the race pack collection on Friday, the Powerkids category of the 2019 Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia is set to flag off on Saturday morning at 8.00a.m (GMT+8). Like past editions, the Powerkids run-bike-run category will see the edition’s youngest entrants take on the 0.48KM-long run route twice sandwiching the cycling route measuring 1.17KM in length.
Meanwhile, race pack collection for the Powerman categories will continue on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s flag off for the primary Elite, Classic and Short categories. Amongst this year’s main highlight will be return of last year’s winner, Thomas Bruins of the Netherlands. Though the Dutchman looks poised to defend his crown, he will face stiff competition from a strong field of elite competitors.
“We are thrilled to welcome back the Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia in 2019 to Dataran Putrajaya this weekend. It is extremely encouraging to see the support from the community both from within Malaysia and beyond, which has contributed towards the continued growth of the event over the years. That also extends to the number of entrants in the Powerkids category attracting youngsters from all over the world. More importantly, we are proud to be hosting the event’s first ever para athlete, making this event a truly inclusive feature in the pinnacle of Duathlon competition internationally.
“We would like to thank the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports and all our sponsors and partners, particularly 100Plus, Shimano, Ultron and 2Escape for their incredible support and encouragement.” commented Andrew Ching, Chief Executive Officer of E-Plus Global Sdn Bhd, the promoters and organisers of the Powerman Asia Championships – Malaysia.