KUCHING: Traditional sports and games from around Asia will be showcased in the inaugural Asian Sport for All Games to be held here in 2022.
Organised by The Association for International Sport for All (Tafisa), the week-long event aims to preserve and promote traditional sport and games, promote active living, encourage cooperation between nations and promote participation in sport for all.
State Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said Sarawak won the bid to host the games in Tokyo last November.
“The state government and my ministry have been very active in supporting the staging of national and international events which greatly help to boost our sporting standards and promote sports tourism in our state.
“In the past few years, Sarawak has hosted a number of international events such as the Spartan Race, World Masters Badminton Championships and Asian Masters Athletics Championships, which make our popular for sporting events, ” he said during the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Tafisa, the Malaysian Sports for All Council (Masfa) and the Sarawak Sports Corporation to cooperate on organising the games.
Karim said the games would feature hundreds of traditional and cultural sports events.
“Unlike normal sports events which are very competitive and involve only the young, this is something which has elements of tradition, culture and friendship which are part of Sarawak’s identity.
“This is the reason why we want to host it. I am happy we could bring it to our shores, ” he said.
He also hoped the traditional games of Sarawak’s ethnic groups could be introduced during the event.
Tafisa representative Finn Berggren said the inaugural Asian event in Kuching would be an example for future editions.
“After it, other Asian cities will be welcome to bid for the games. Sports for all is a resource to create a better world and this is what Tafisa is working for, ” he said.
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