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Tuesday December 20, 2011

Ceremony honours people who promote sports in Kedah

NINE individuals and four associations received awards for their active involvement in promoting sports in Kedah during the annual Kedah Sports for All Appreciation Awards 2011.

The ceremony was organised by the state Youth and Sports Department.

The recipients included former Kedah football team manager Datuk Othman Aziz and Malaysian Net- ball Association president Suraya Yaacob.

Othman received the Sports Leader Award while Suraya received the Women Leadership Award.

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung, who is also the Alor Setar MP, presented the awards at a ceremony in the state Youth and Sports Complex in Alor Setar on Saturday.

All winners received certificates and cash prizes between RM1,000 to RM2,000 each.

Chor in his speech said the awards given were an acknowledgement of the recipients’ efforts in promoting sports for all people in the state.

He added that the ministry would build more sports and recreation areas for residents to exercise, he said.

State Youth and Sports Department director Aziz Hamid said the award ceremony was an annual event to appreciate the involvement of individuals and associations in promoting sports.

Top athletes had always been recognised but those who promoted sports at the lower levels should also be acknowledged for their involvement, he said.

Arifin Talib, 57, whose family receive the Active Family award, said that he promoted a healthy lifestyle to his family.

He said his wife Hasni Hassan, 55, plays badminton while their five children aged between 17 and 30, are involved in various sports including football, bowling and recreational climbing.

“Only my daughters Wann Iryani Arifin, 21, represented the country at an international level while the others just participate on a social scale,” he said when met after the ceremony.

Arifin, a retired civil servant said he wanted his children to be involved actively in sports because it helped to boost their self-confidence and discipline.

Wann Iryani, who represented the country in the SEA Games 2011, said she hoped to take her climbing ambition to a higher level soon.

“My parents support my choice of sport although they know that it is tough sport. I appreciate their understanding and encouragement,” she said.

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