MORE than 600 Astro employees and talent ran with national athletes recently in support of National Sports Day, an initiative by the Youth and Sports Ministry to turn Malaysia into a sporting nation.
To mark the inaugural event this Saturday, Astro organised Astro Hari Sukan Get Fit, where participants completed a 3km run and a series of exercise challenges at its premise in Bukit Jalil.
Leading the participants was Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who ran with with the participants as well as Malaysia’s top athletes.
Among the athletes who were present were badminton players Datuk Lee Chong Wei and Wong Choong Hann, footballers Hasnizam Uzir and Asmawi Bakiri, bowling star Shalin Zulkifly and local squash, hockey, karate and swimming personalities.
“I am encouraged to see Team Astro and our national athletes showing great spirit towards making Malaysia into a sporting nation.
“The Ministry of Youth and Sports believes that broadcasters such as Astro and the admirable fighting spirit of our national athletes can galvanise millions of Malaysians to participate in the almost 10,000 activities that will take place during Hari Sukan Negara on Oct 10,” said Khairy.
Astro head of Sports Lee Choong Khay said, “Astro is pleased to play a role to make the upcoming Hari Sukan Negara a great success. We will be raising awareness for healthy living and to make sports a culture among Malaysians through our various platforms. We continue to be committed to work with the ministry and national sports associations to raise the quality of our local sports.”