DEPUTY Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be guest-of-honour at the opening ceremony of Sukim 2017 at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in Tanjung Malim, Perak, on July 6.
Malaysian Indian Sports and Cultural Foundation (MISCF) president Datuk T. Mohan said the DPM’s presence at Sukim was an endorsement of their efforts in promoting sports among Indian youths.
“The organising committee is working hard on making the opening ceremony a grand affair. The focus will be on young sportsmen and sportswomen.
“MISCF strongly believes in nurturing young athletes. We will continue to create more opportunities for our youngsters.
“We have also invited representatives from the National Sports Associations to Sukim so they can scout for new talents in various sports,” said Mohan after the draw for four sports in Sukim.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M. Saravanan witnessed the draw for football, kabaddi, hockey and badminton.
“The deputy prime minister’s presence will motivate MISCF and the young athletes.
“We have to commend MISCF for initiating Sukim which has become a major sporting event in the country,” added Saravanan.
About 1,800 athletes from 12 states – Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Federal Territories, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan – will take part.
A total of 11 sports will be featured, namely athletics, badminton, body building, football, hockey, karate, kabaddi, squash, tennis, silambam and taekwondo.
Except for football and hockey, catering to the Under-16 and Under-18 respectively, the other sports are for participants in the Under-19 age group.
Mohan said the hockey competition would be used as a basis to identify players for next season’s TNB Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL).
“We have been taking part in the TNB-MJHL for the past two seasons. Our young players displayed excellent commitment against more seasoned teams. We will continue to participate and I am confident we will be able to make an impact in the coming seasons.
“We also have plans to take part in the squash league next season. Those who impress from Sukim will get the chance to represent MISCF in the squash league organised by the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia,” said Mohan.
Selangor were the overall champions last year. This year, they are likely to face strong opposition from Penang, Kedah and Johor.
Group A: Negri Sembilan, Federal Territories, Selangor, Melaka, Perak.
Group B: Kelantan, Pahang, Kedah, Penang, Johor
Group A: Selangor, Perak, Melaka, Kedah, Penang
Group B: Johor, Kelantan, Pahang, Federal Territories, Negri Sembilan
Group A: Federal Territories, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Penang,
Group B: Perak, Pahang, Kelantan, Selangor
Group C: Johor, Kedah, Perlis
Group A: Penang, Federal Territories, Kelantan, Melaka,
Group B: Perak, Negri Sembilan, Pahang
Group C: Kedah, Perlis, Selangor