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20th Anniversary Celebrations of Special Olympics Sabah

ALL SET … Masiung Banah (front row centre) and Taren with part of the 600 participants.

12th February, 2018

by PR

SANDAKAN: Assistant Minister of Youth & Sports Sabah, YB Datuk Masiung Banah, flagged off around 600 runners who took part in the special fund-raising event called “RUN TO INCLUDE” organised by Special Olympics Sabah (SOS) to raise funds to support their activities for the intellectually challenged members of the community.

“We are very thankful to all those who took part in the race to support of our cause,” said Special Olympics Sabah Acting President Taren Sunil Manoharan who is also the Special Olympics Sandakan Chairman.

The race launched the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of Special Olympics Sabah. It will be followed by a number of other activities including the coming Sabah-wide Sports Carnival in Sandakan which will be the highlight of the Anniversary Celebrations.

“We are very happy to see people from all walks of life taking part in the run this morning. They comprised both the young and old generations and those in between. Some were as young as 6 years old while there were also participants well over 60 years old,” noted Taren Sunil.

“SOS is very happy because the good turnout reflects the attitude of society as a whole to support our objective of promoting healthy activities, especially sports, among the intellectually challenged in our society,” said Taren Sunil, who also stressed that one of the key objectives of Special Olympics Sabah is to encourage everyone to embrace those who are different from them which in this case are the intellectually challenged.

At his concluding speech after the medal presentation ceremony, the SOS Acting President also expressed his thanks to all those who have made the event a success including venue provider Harbour Square management and Four-Points by Sheraton, the Sandakan Municipal Council, the Police, St. John Ambulance, Eventfinder and the sponsors of K2 water and Tritonic isotonic drinks, Indocafe and Ayam Brand tuna sandwiches.

“We are also honoured that the Assistant Minister of Youth & Sports Sabah YB Datuk Masiung Banah represented our YAB Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman to flag off the run at 6.00 am,” added Taren Sunil.

He also thanked his Organising Committee and all the volunteers from various NGOs, institutions and schools who sacrificed their time and did a wonderful job to ensure a very successful event.

He invited the public to come to the Sandakan Sports Complex to watch the Special Olympics state-wide athletics and sports carnival during the middle of March this year.

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