JOHOR have been given the responsibility to organise this year’s Sukim, which will be held in Bukit Gambir from June 11 to 14.
The Malaysian Indian Sports and Cultural Foundation (MISCF) have listed seven sports — athletics, badminton, karate, tennis, squash, football and hockey — that will be contested in this year’s Sukim.
Except for football, catering for the Under-17 age group, the other six sports is for the Under-20s.
MISCF chairman Datuk T. Mohan said Bukit Gambir assemblyman Datuk M. Asojan had expressed his wish to stage Sukim in Johor.
“The Johor government had also given their blessings. The Youth and Sports Ministry had endorsed Sukim. With all this support, we did not have any qualms about having the Sukim in Johor.
“Last year, we had five sports. This year, we have increased it to seven with athletics and hockey. Sukim is a platform for young Indians to be active in sports.
“It will also be an excellent opportunity for the sportsmen and sportswomen to prepare for next year’s Malaysia Games in Sarawak,’’ Mohan said at the launch of the event.
Ten states — Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Johor and Pahang — will be coming in the Games.
Each state will come with a contingent of about 120.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M. Saravanan, who launched the Sukim, commended the MISCF for initiating the programme.
“The ministry would like to see youngsters active in sports.
“The MISCF have taken the initiative to bring together some of the promising athletes. The National Sports Associations (NSA) should scout for young talents to be groomed to represent the country in the coming years.
“I am sure there would be some talents in Sukim,’’ said Saravanan.
Asojan said they had identified the venues for the seven sports.
“Squash, athletics, tennis and karate will be at Matriculation College Johor; hockey at SM Sains, Muar; badminton and football at Mara Institute.
We are looking forward to making the event a memorable one,’’ Asojan added.
Youth and Sports Ministry secretary general Datuk Jamil Salleh said they were prepared to assist MISCF in the promotion of sports.
“Sports plays an important role in bringing together people from all walks of life.
We look at the programme as an excellent platform to encourage youngsters to be active in sports,’’ said Jamil.