Council out to promote lesser-known sports


All set for the show: Chong Eng (centre), Tan (in suit), Penang Sport Council deputy chairman II Datuk Ong Poh Eng (third right) and Queensbay Mall marcom manager Christopher Koh (third left) posing with several state athletes who will be participating in the roadshow.

THE Penang Sports Council (MSNPP) will be organising a series of roadshows in the state to attract and educate the public on the availability and attraction of several high-performance sports.

While many youngsters take up high-profile sports like football and badminton, there is a dearth of talents in other lesser-known sports which have delivered success for Penang over the years.

The first roadshow, which will be held at the Queensbay Mall shopping complex in Bayan Baru on Saturday and Sunday, will involve wushu, taekwondo, silambam, karate, pencak silat, synchronised swimming and rhythmic gymnastics.

A total of 94 athletes and officials from the seven sports will stage performances in their respective disciplines during the two-day road-show.

“The main purpose for organising this series of roadshows is to create awareness among the public on the availability of such sports in Penang.

“We want to encourage parents to enrol their children in sporting activities, and the roadshows are a good way to highlight the attractions (of the seven sports),” said state Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Chong Eng during a recent press conference to announce the roadshow.

The Penang Sports Council director Frederick Tan said a second roadshow would be held on the mainland in March.

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