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Sabah lauds move to reinstate core sports

10th February, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Youth and Sports Ministry (KBSS) welcomes the decision of reinstating weightlifting, taekwondo and sepak takraw back into core sports contested for the upcoming 19th Sukma Games at Perak in September.

The decision to include the dropped sports into the Games was approved during the Sukma Perak Highest Committee Meeting chaired by Khairy Jamaluddin at Putrajaya on Thursday.

The decision was made after taking a few factors into account mainly the application and appeal of every State Sports Council in the country representing the players at the grassroots level.

KBSS Permanent Secretary, Datuk Haji Awang Damit Awang Anak said that the decision has brought relief to the state Sukma contingent as all three sports have contributed many medals in the past.

“Other than that, the good news will have positive effects on each of the sports’ development in the country as showed that not only Sabah appealed against the drop but also other states,” he said when contacted on Friday.

He added with the decision made now all involved contingents can focus on their preparations for the Sukma Games after the surprise drop for all three sports at the end of last year.

Meanwhile, Sabah Sports Council Director, Terrance Pudin said that the decision brought a spark of motivation for Sabah’s weightlifting, taekwondo and sepak takraw squad.

“We welcome the decision by doubling our efforts in the Sukma Games preparation programme for all three sports whereby we will take advantage of the remaining period to ensure all three sports remain as one of the major contributors of medals during the Games,” he said.

For the record in the last Sukma Games in Sarawak, weightlifting had contributed four gold, five silver and eight bronze medals, while sepak takraw one gold, whereas taekwondo one silver and one bronze medal.

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