The Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) Sports Challenge made a grand return this year for the eighth time, attracting close to 300 alumni, students and staff of TAR UC as participants.
Jointly organised by the Federation of TAR College Alumni Associations Malaysia (1989) (FTARC AAM) and TAR UC, the Sports Challenge has endeared itself among the TARC community as it fosters close relationships between TAR UC alumni, staff and students through sports.
Sports Challenge is also one of the key activities spearheaded by FTARC AAM, which is an umbrella body consisting of the School of Business Studies Ex Student Association TARC Kuala Lumpur, Engineering Alumni Association TAR UC Selangor and School of Arts & Science Alumni Association TARC Kuala Lumpur.
Also present at the event was TAR UC president Professor Dr Lee Sze Wei.
There were altogether 11 types of sports that participants competed in, namely volleyball, futsal, netball, water polo, table tennis, badminton, carom, darts, mahjong, 3-on-3 basketball and Chinese chess.
Almost every game had players from different age groups, which offered warm glimpses of senior players giving a tip or two to the younger players although they were competing against each other as well as light moments of laughter between the younger generation and senior generation.
TAR UC student Hariharan Saswi, who is currently studying the Diploma in Real Estate Management, shared his first-time experience joining the Sports Challenge.
“I love sports and when my friend told me about this event, I wasted no time signing up for futsal.
“Even though this was my first experience, I really had a good time playing futsal with other students as well as with some of the staff and alumni.
“Playing with my seniors, who are much older, is a different feeling and I do not think I will have any other opportunity to play sports with the staff of TAR UC except in this Sports Challenge. I had a great time and I will surely take part again in future, ” he said.
Prof Lee also did not miss the opportunity to take part in his first Sports Challenge as he competed in table tennis.
“I would like to commend the organising committee for their continuous effort to ensure TARCians are able to take part in this fantastic sports event.
“I personally enjoyed myself and I am very lucky to be in the top team in table tennis.
“TAR UC is indeed very fortunate to have a great alumni. Although they have completed their student life, they still have the vibrant and energetic spirit which they wish to share with the current students and also staff.
“Congratulations to FTARC AAM for your dedication and commitment to ensure the TARCian spirit continues to grow strong, ” he said at the closing ceremony.
The Sports Challenge concluded with roaring cheers from everyone with the announcement of the overall champion for 2019, which went to the alumni team, followed by TAR UC student team and finally TAR UC staff team taking third place.
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