Dubai: The western Indian metropolis of Mumbai may end up as a second destination for the UIM F1H2O World Championship.
Moments after accepting Amaravati into the fold of the 2018 UIM F1H2O World Championship, H2O Racing President Nicolo di San Germano admitted that a second venue in India would be a welcome addition for F1 powerboat racing.
“India is a huge new market for powerboating and we are more than thrilled at this recent interest shown right from the government level,” San Germano told Gulf News from Italy.
“All of us are ready and prepared. We have the infrastructure, the teams, the boats, the drivers and an excellent team of experienced organisers who are capable of adding to the excitement of this popular powerboat championship. And if we do have two venues we can always look at other options including a regional championship within a world championship,” he mulled.
Of late, India has shown favour towards the development of Mumbai under its ambitious cruise tourism action plan. The central government has removed ousting charges and has given a discount between 42 to 66 per cent on port charges, besides introducing e-visa and on-arrival visa facilities for cruise tourists.
“The odds are stacked in favour of additional activities including powerboat racing to keep the tourists keenly involved, and this can only work in favour of our sport,” San Germano related.