THREE new sports – taekwondo, bodybuilding and silambam – will be part of Sukim 2017 to be held at University Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in Tanjung Malim from July 4 to 9.
Sukim, in its fourth edition, is organised by the Malaysian Indian Sports and Cultural Foundation (MISCF) and this year, Perak will host the 11-sport games.
Besides taekwondo, bodybuilding and silambam, the other eight sports are athletics, badminton, football, karate, kabaddi, hockey, squash and tennis.
Except for football (Under-16) and hockey (Under-18), the other nine sports are for the Under-19 age group.
MISCF chairman Datuk T. Mohan said this year’s Sukim would have participants from 12 states – Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Federal Territory, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu.
“Our vision is to create a platform for youngsters to be active in sports. It will also serve as an opportunity for them to prepare for other national age-group championships including Sukma in Perak.
“We are grateful to the National Sports Council, Youth and Sports as well as Education Ministry for giving their backing to Sukim,” said Mohan.
He said the presence of NSC director Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M. Sararavan and the Education Ministry sports division director Dr Mehander Singh was encouraging and motivating.
“Sports activities will also be an avenue for the younger generation to stay away from social problems,’’ Mohan said at the launch of Sukim 2017.
Saravanan, who launched Sukim 2017, said the MISCF should be commended for their efforts in promoting sporting activities among the Indian community.
“We have to admit that the number of Indians active in sports has dwindled over the years. We have to start the culture now as that is one of the ways to bring the younger generation together.
“The MISCF has taken a first step to encourage youths to be active in sports. They must follow through with more training and development programmes,’’ he added.
Sukim 2017 co-organising chairman Datuk V. Elango said they were working towards making the games an exciting one for the participants.
“We have formed an organising committee that will work with MISCF in organising Sukim 2017.”
The games will involve about 1,800 participants and 300 officials.
Elango said it could be easily considered second to Sukma in terms of events and participants.
“We want to ensure everything is done in an orderly manner,’’ said Elango.
Selangor were the overall champions last year.
However, several other states like Perak, Johor, Kedah and Penang are eager to make their presence felt in the annual games.