Chance to show off athletic skills for 400 children

Thanenthiran shaking hands with participants of the Penang Tamil Schools Athletic Championship at Universiti Sains Malaysia stadium in Penang.

A TOTAl of 400 Tamil schoolchildren had an active day at the 9th Tamil Schools Athletic Championship in Penang.

The pupils took part in various events such as the 100m, 200m, 400m, 1,500m, the long jump, high-jump and shot putt at the Universiti Sains Malaysia stadium in Gelugor.

Penang Tamil Schools Council chairman N. Jayaveloo said the pupils from 28 Tamil schools in Penang were joined by teachers and officials.

“This annual event brings awareness to the pupils that they need to compete at a higher level in both sports and academics and ultimately, obtain a tertiary education,” he said.

An athlete taking part in the long jump event.
An athlete taking part in the long jump event.

Malaysia Makkal Sakthi Party president Datuk Seri R.S. Thanenthiran, who launched the event, said it was heartening to see the fighting spirit of the pupils.

“The Government’s effort in helping Tamil schools financially has gone a long way to change the mindset of the pupils.

“They can now compete both at state and national levels without having to think about financial burdens,” he said.

He hoped new records would be set during the event to propel the pupils to national and international championships.

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