AHMAD Rifa’i Abd Rahman, 23, is no stranger to sporting tournaments, having been active in extracurricular activities since his school days.
In college, he picked up frisbee from his seniors and began playing it regularly as a form of exercise.
“It soon became my passion. As a sport, frisbee places a strong emphasis on good sportsmanship.
“This is important because unlike many other sports, a frisbee match does not involve a referee,” he said.
Rifa’i was among some 500 youths taking part in the Kampung Tunku x Subang Jaya Indoor Frisbee Tournament held at ROF Subang Elite in Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Thirty-two teams participated in the event, which was jointly organised by the offices of Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lim Yi Wei and Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng.
Lim said this was the second year that the event was held, and it received encouraging response from youths in and outside Selangor.
“Only half a day after registration was opened, we had already received over 70 requests for participation but there were only 32 spots available.
“We hope this tournament will highlight the potential of frisbee to advance further as a national sport,” she added.
At the event, players received a medal, frisbee and water bottles as tokens of appreciation for their participation.
Guest of honour Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Adam Adli Abd Halim, who presented the tokens, expressed hope that more youths would take up the sport.
Chrissy Ng, 22, said joining the tournament was a productive use of her weekend and hoped similar events would be held.
“Rather than sitting at home surfing the Internet on our computers and smartphones, it is better to exercise,” she said.
Muhammad Amin Shah, 24, a diploma holder from UiTM Dungun in Terengganu, took part with his juniors.
“My friends and I have been to many frisbee tournaments in Malaysia.
“Just last week, we were in Johor for a similar event,” he added.
Nursyifa Abu Bakar, 25, an accounting student from Multimedia University in Cyberjaya, said the tournament was a good platform for networking and making friends.
“The frisbee community is diverse with people from various backgrounds.”