JOHOR BARU: The Malaysian Deaf Sports Association (MSDeaf) is appealing to the public to help fund its 21st Malaysian Deaf Sports (Sopma) event scheduled to take place here.
Its president Ong Shin Ruenn said the organising committee still lacked funds and needed support to successfully hold the event planned for June 22 to 27.
The biennial competition is expected to be held at the newly-developed Mount Austin Stadium, Daiman Sri Skudai Sports Centre and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
“We aim to raise RM2mil to cover expenses such as food and drinks, accommodation, technical works, court and field rental, transportation, allowance for volunteers and the opening as well as closing ceremony.
“As of today, the Johor government has donated RM300,000 to help us organise this event, ” Ong said when contacted.
MSDeaf has launched a RM1 donation drive for Malaysians to help contribute to the cost of organising the event, he added.
The programme is expected to draw more than 1,000 participants, including athletes, officials and volunteers.
Five sporting events have been lined up for the five-day event, namely football, futsal, tenpin bowling, badminton and athletics competition.
Sopma has been organised since 1983 and is the largest sporting event for persons with disabilities (hearing impaired).
Athletes who do well at the event will go on to compete at the international level including at the Asean Deaf Games, Asia-Pacific Deaf Games and Deaflympics Games.
For details on donating to the Games, call the secretariat at 017-8800 215 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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