ISKANDAR PUTERI: Exciting news for sports and drone enthusiasts, for the first time in Malaysia, the Asia Drone League: Iskandar Puteri Chapter will take place on October 19 to 20th at the EduCity Sports Complex with prizes totalling to RM25,000.
The championship organized by Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) in collaboration between Asia Drone League, Iskandar Innovations Sdn Bhd and EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd will compete in two focus categories, Open and Beginner for international and local participants without an age limit.
Interestingly, nearly 50 international drones from eight countries such as Japan, South Korea, Thailand and India have confirmed their participation.
The first ever drone festival held in this country will feature drone racing competition, expo and drone workshops for those who are keen to know more about the functions and uses of drones.
IIB Head of Digital Mohd Nukman Abdul Rahman is optimistic about the potential of drone sports and the development of the Asia Drone League in one day becoming an international championship.
According to him, the importance of organizing the festival is to further develop drone sports in the country.
“Asia Drone League: Iskandar Puteri Chapter is the first drone festival held in the country that will help the development of drone sports in our country. Although the sport is relatively new, it has great potential and a lot of talent can be leveraged through the platform we provide.
“As such, beyond our desire to elevate the Asia Drone League to the same level as the Drone Racing League and the Asia Drone Championship, these tournaments are suitable for those who are new and would like to try to showcase their talent.” he said.
Mohd. Nukman further added that the festival will also provide an opportunity for the public to get a closer look at the background of drone sports through expo and workshops.
“We are delighted to bring international drone organizations and experts together and share information freely with the participants and the public,” he said.
As the venue provider of the drone festival and competition, EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd Managing Director Wan Ahmad Saifuddin Wan Ahmad Radzi is hopeful participants and visitors will enjoy their experience at EduCity Sports Complex, given the state-of-the-art facilities available.
“We are giving our best in co-organizing the inaugural Asia Drone League: Iskandar Puteri Chapter and hope the public would take this opportunity to enliven the occasion.
He added: “Given the strategic location and various activities at place, EduCity Sports Complex will definitely boost the prestige and appeal of this event.“
Meanwhile, Asia Drone League operator Alex Marzuki hopes all Malaysians will come and support the festival as more exciting activities will be organized.
“This event is open to all Malaysians regardless of age, because drones are easy to operate, and our programmes are suitable for children who are just starting to learn about drones. Through our workshops, children will be introduced to drones and the applications of drones in our daily lives.
“Participants and visitors do not have to pay anything to participate in this event. So please come to the EduCity Sports Complex.
“We would like to invite all Malaysians, regardless of age, young or old, with or without prior knowledge on drones, to attend the EduCity Sports Complex on October 19 and 20,” he said.
Drones or also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are no longer used exclusively for military purposes such as in the past but are now a hobby and a competitive sport in the international community.
To ensure that the festival attains its own prestige, a number of related organizations have been invited, including the Japan Drone Racing Association (JDRA), Transtec, BetaFPV and local organizations.
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).