SELANGOR has set every second Saturday of October to celebrate sporting activities (Hari Selangor Bersukan or HSB).
The state government introduced HSB to cultivate sports as a daily lifestyle and to make Selangor a leader in sports excellence.
Selangor human capital development, sports and youth generation development committee chairman Mohd Khairuddin Othman said the state wanted Selangor folk to remain active, physically and mentally fit, and to practise a healthy lifestyle.
“This is as Malaysia gradually recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and moves towards the endemic phase.
“HSB is an effort by the state government to cultivate sports among the people, promote harmony and unity as well as recognise the importance of sports to athletes and the people, especially since sports activities were halted or affected due to the pandemic,” he said.
HSB 2021 was held on Oct 9 at Bukit Jugra, Banting, featuring activities such as a 3km run to Bukit Jugra’s peak, aerobics, paragliding and jump demonstration.
At the event, Mohd Khairuddin also presented a special contribution of RM720,700 to sports associations, district sports councils and the Malaysia Games (Sukma) state contingent for them to resume their athletes’ training after delays due to the pandemic.
In conjunction with Mental Health Month, he also launched a Fit Mental Health 3km Run and Virtual Scavenger Hunt for this month.
The event will be held on Oct 30, from 7am to 6pm, at any location that allows recreational activities.
It is jointly organised by the Selangor government, the offices of Kampung Tunku and Subang Jaya assemblymen Lim Yi Wei and Michelle Ng, respectively, Selangor State Sports Council, Penggerak Belia Selangor, Care Warriors and Menteri Besar Selangor Incorporated.
In a statement, Mohd Khairuddin said the state government viewed seriously the phenomenon and impact of mental health of youths affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In line with that and in conjunction with Mental Health Month, we are supporting the efforts mooted by Lim and Ng in helping youths suffering from mental health problems by using and taking advantage of technology to organise a run and virtual scavenger hunt.
“With this programme, the state government hopes to increase awareness of mental health among youths and assure them that their welfare will continue to be cared for,” he added.
Up for grabs are lucky draw prizes and RM500 for the first 10 winners.
Registration deadline is Oct 28.
Participation fee is RM30, inclusive of a T-shirt and goodie bag.
To register, visit https://bit.ly/2ZU2Lvw.