Chess, jump rope among additions to Selangor virtual programme

Selangor Martial Art Xtiv Virtual 2020 features four categories - (from left) wushu, silambam, taekwondo and silat. - KAMARUL ARIFFIN/The Star

SELANGOR government is continuing its Xtiv Virtual programme after last year’s success.

“Upon review of Selangor Xtiv Virtual 2020, we felt that the programme was well-received as it attracted over 250,000 participants and 18 million views across all its social media platforms, ” said state human capital development, sports and youth generation

development committee chairman Mohd Khairuddin Othman in a statement.

“Based on that success, we have decided to continue with Selangor Xtiv Virtual 2021 from March to December, with a target of 450,000 participants and a total prize pool of over RM411,000.”

He said Selangor Xtiv Virtual 2021 would feature seven programmes — e-sports, marathon, martial arts, youth busking, chess, ride and jump rope — with the last three being new additions.

“The focus will also be on e-sports development programmes by getting associations in each district to conduct talent recruitment activities such as telecasting and coaching among participants, ” said Mohd Khairuddin.

“Selangor Xtiv Virtual is part of the state government’s initiative to encourage the people, especially the youth, to stay active and be engaged in beneficial activities throughout the movement control order period and Covid-19 pandemic.”

Meanwhile, he reminded the public that no organisation or individual was allowed to use the “Selangor” name when organising any programme without written permission from the state executive council.

“Any entity found to be in breach of the ruling may be subject to strict action, ” said Mohd Khairuddin.

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