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Andhra poised for growth in marine tourism with F1H2O Amravati Grand Prix

ANI | Updated: Nov 01, 2018 01:15 IST

New Delhi, Nov 01 (ANI): The fifth round of F1H2O World Championship, scheduled to be held from November 16 to 18 on the banks of Andhra Pradesh's River Krishna is all set to create a new benchmark in Amaravati.
The racing extravaganza is returning to India after a gap of 14 years.
The Union Internationale Motonautique, which is the resident organising committee of the F1H2O Grand Prix is focusing on raising on the culture of water sports in the region, which will also help sustain the local fishermen communities in the area. This is one of the foundations of the Amaravati development project.
Marco Pietrini, Director of Logistics is working closely to set up the teams and is extremely happy with the progress of the state in hosting the gala event.
"I am delighted to be here in India and receive the great hospitality from the people of Amaravati. The state of Andhra Pradesh has made arrangements to put up a grand and gala show for all spectators and visitors and I am confident this initiative will take the sport to greater heights in the years to come. I won't be surprised if India has its own team competing on the global arena in the coming years," Pietrini said.
The city is gearing up to welcome visitors from across the globe to witness the event. The 23 km stretch along the River Krishna will turn into a carnival site, celebrating the best of the sport along with a host of other exciting activities to engage the crowd and showcase arts, culture and delectable cuisine of Andhra Pradesh.
Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority will also set up viewing galleries near Punnami Ghat and will close the Prakasam Barrage during the two-day event. On Friday, November 16, the powerboats will have a free practice session. The following day, teams will be battling for pole position while on Sunday afternoon, the Grand Prix India will start after another free practice session and a spectacular parade tour.
Jonas Andersson, the lead driver of Team Amaravati from India, has been putting his finest efforts to get the best performance in the championship and bring laurels to the country.
Himanshu Shukla, CEO, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority said, "We are happy to invite you to witness the spectacular event that will change the way grand sporting events are held in the country. All eyes will be on Amaravati and we are proud to put our country on the global sporting map with the F1H2O Grand Prix. Elaborate planning is being done in terms of hospitality and logistics, to welcome spectators and race enthusiasts from across the country and the globe."
Sandeep Mandava, CEO, India Xtreme of Malaxmi Group, spoke on the occasion and shared further plans. "We are glad to have Mr Marco Peitrini, Director of Logistics, F1H2O in Amaravati to help and guide us. His experience is invaluable and we are confident that with his guidance we will have an event that will be remembered in days to come."
The leading edge F1H20 championship will represent India on the global sporting map and will also witness the sporting ethos and infrastructure in the country. The gala event will also help promote tourism in the state and showcase its culture on the global stage.
This year the championship began in Portugal on May 18 and will end in Sharjah on December 15. The race in Amaravati will see the world's top teams in action including teams from Portugal, Italy, United Arab Emirates, France and Team Amaravati. (ANI)