"The four athletes are Nur Alimah Priambodo, Febrianto Kadir, Andri Muhammad Febiandi and Muhammad Zahidi Putu," public relations officer of the World Water Ski Championship, Yasser Arafat said here on Sunday.
According to him, Indonesia as the host country got "wild card" ticket for the four athletes from the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation.
"All participants in this championship actually should be in world ranking. However, as the host country, Indonesia gets an opportunity to field its non world ranking athletes," Arafat said.
Arafat said further that, a total of 80 athletes from 27 countries will take part in the World Water Ski Championship.
The participating countries are among other things, Australia, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Singapore, United States, Belgium, France, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, Thailand, The Philippines, Columbia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, Chile, Malaysia and Indonesia, Yasser Arafat said.
In addition, the World Water Ski Championship in Palembang is the second series after the first one which took place in Mandurah, Australia, on March 15-17, 2013, he noted.
The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) has entrusted Palembang to conduct the World Water Ski Championship because the winter falls in April in a number of European countries.
On April 30, athletes from the participating countries are expected to arrive in Palembang for weather adjustment in Palembang
and to have exercises in the Jakabaring lake, the spokesman said.
Jakabaring lake is the best location for the World Water Ski Championship and has attracted more world athletes to participate in, Arafat quoted the IWWF president Kono Ritschard as saying.
(Reporting by Dolly Rosana/B003/F001)