Traditional Asian sport to be featured at games

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 15 Feb 2020

Abdul Karim (left) congratulating Sarawak Sports Corporation director Dr Ong Kong Swee (right) and Berggren on the signing of the MOU to organise the first Asian Sport for All Games in 2022. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

Traditional sport and games from around Asia will be showcased at the inaugural Asian Sport for All Games, to be held in Kuching 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, active living, as well as encourage participation and cooperation between nations.

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 ministry have been very active in supporting the staging of national and international events.

“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, ” he said at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Tafisa, the Malaysian Sports for All Council (Masfa) and the Sarawak Sports Corporation.

Abdul Karim said the games would feature hundreds of traditional and cultural sport events.

He also hoped the traditional games of Sarawak’s ethnic groups could be introduced during the event.

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