THE 24th Royal Malaysian Navy Mini Olympics was launched with great fanfare over the weekend.
Held at the Lumut Naval Base Stadium on Mar 19, the start of the week-long games event was marked with colourful parades, performances by the navy band and a march past by participating contingents.
Former Malaysian squash player Lt Sharon Wee was given the honour to be the torchbearer during the parade.
Wee, who is currently with the naval volunteer reserves team, handed over the torch to Laskar Kanan Mohd Suhaimi Hesa and he proceeded to light the torch tower.
A Paralympian, Mohd Suhaimi took part in the 2008 ASEAN Para Games in Thailand where he won a bronze medal in archery.
He also won silver medals at the ASEAN Para Games in Indonesia (2011) and Myanmar (2014).
This year’s Games would see 38 sporting events held throughout the week.
The Games was opened by deputy navy chief vice-admiral Datuk Anuwi Hassan, who said he hopes to unearth more talents among navy men.
“Not only will they enhance our sporting teams, they can also excel in national and international games,” he said.
He also said that this year’s Games was to be held moderately in its bid to cut down on costs.
“Four sporting events had to be dropped. Despite that, the Games will still be fun and enhance the team spirit and unity among navy men,” he said.
He added that the Games was also in line with the Government’s call to encourage people to live a healthy lifestyle.