ISKANDAR PUTERI: The ability of Mohammad Immanudin and Sungju Park in phenomenally handling drones have allowed them to be named champions of their respective categories in the Asia Drone League: Iskandar Puteri Chapter, which ran from October 19 to 20th at the EduCity Sports Complex.
Sungju Park of South Korea dominated the Open category and won the grand prize of RM9,000, while local racer Mohammad Immanuddin emerged as the champion of the Beginner category which had them going home with RM1,500.
This is the first drone racing event in Malaysia organized by Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) through a collaboration with Asia Drone League, Iskandar Innovations Sdn Bhd and EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
IIB Head of Digital, Mohd. Nukman Abdul Rahman has high hopes for the Asia Drone League to become one of the most prestigious international championships one day.
“This competition is the best ground for leveraging new talent through the platform we provide, and many are seen to have the potential to go further.
“Our goal is to now see the Asia Drone League match the Drone Racing League and the Asia Drone Championship,” he said.
Johor Housing, Communication and Multimedia Committee chairman Dzulkefly Ahmad said the commencement of the Asia Drone League is a step forward in promoting Johor as the preferred sporting destination.
“The festival is a good initiative to promote Johor, in the context of sports and tourism, as we will be hosting Sukan Malaysia 2020 (SUKMA 2020) and the incoming Visit Johor Year 2020 campaign.”
In the meantime, the first runner-up in the Open category was won by Kenrick Suyanto of Indonesia that had him taking home RM4,000 while Thai racer Sakkarin Kongthon finished as the second runner-up winning RM3,000 and South Korean Joonweon Choi finished as the third runner-up, bringing home RM2,000.
Meanwhile, the Beginner category saw the first runner-up going to Chawarin Kongthon of Thailand winning a total of RM1,000 while local hopeful Fitri Reza finished as second runner-up receiving RM800 and leaving Alvin Yeoh of Singapore with the third runner-up prize of RM500.
Asia Drone League: Iskandar Puteri Chapter also received support from Iskandar Innovations Sdn Bhd, EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd and the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).