Approximately 700 skaters are preparing to attend Skate Asia 2011, which will be held at Imperial Ice World, located on the outskirts of beautiful Bangkok, Thailand.
This event has been held annually since 1989 except for a few breaks due to the SARS epidemic and once due to a world financial crisis.
IFS Asian editor Ted Wilson initiated the first Skate Asia competition in Hong Kong in 1989. Approximately 550 skaters from 13 countries (including the U.S.) attended the inaugural event.
As an ISI recreational skating event, competitors are permitted to participate in as many events as they like to earn points for their team.
Hong Kong, with seven ice rinks, always sends the largest contingent of skaters from any single nation.
In 2005, 1200 skaters attended the event at the World Ice Arena in Shenzhen, China, 700 of which came from Hong Kong, which is just across the border.
In 2010 Skate Asia was in Hangzhou, China, a city that is a major tourist destination located about 100 kilometers from Shanghai.
That event attracted 700 skaters and a featured guest performer, the two-time and reigning U.S. Novice men's champion, Nathan Chen. His rock star popularity at that event earned him an invitation from the Bangkok organizers to attend this event for a special gala performance.
Skate Asia 2011 will kick off on August 11th. The week long event will end with a dinner cruise on the Chao Prao river that flows below many of Bangkok's famous golden temples and the Grand Palace.
The Chairman of the Bangkok event, Lt. General Somjonok Kritikara, who is also head of the Thailand Skating Association which is a member of the International Skating Union, promises that this year's event will be even better than any past Skate Asia held in Thailand.
For information go to www.skateasia2011.com