Selangor were crowned overall champions of the Sukan India Malaysia (Sukim) for the third time.
In the four-day event held at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in Tanjung Malim, Perak, Selangor amassed 23 gold, 21 silver and 15 bronze medals to finish ahead of the other states.
Selangor, who were previously champions in 2014 and 2016, got the bulk of their gold medals from athletics, badminton and karate.
They won five and eight gold medals in athletics and karate respectively and made a complete sweep of six gold in badminton.
K. Jothiswaran won the men’s singles gold while his sister K. Letshana was the winner in the women’s singles.
Selangor chef de mission T. Indran said it was an impressive outing for their contingent as the competition was quite tough.
“We are proud to become the overall champions for the third time. It was not an easy passage and everyone in the contingent played an important role in our success.
“The states were well prepared. For instance, we had dominated tennis in the last two Sukim but this year we only managed to win two gold medals.
“Sukim has brought together young talents in the community,” said Indran after receiving the overall challenge trophy from Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk M. Saravanan at the closing ceremony.
Saravanan said Sukim was an excellent platform to identify talents in the Indian community.
“The athletes and officials involved in Sukim should continue their training programmes and take part in state and national competitions.
“Sukim should serve as a stepping stone for them to shine and realise their dreams,” said Saravanan.
He said athletes from Sukim who were chosen to represent their states would be given a nominal incentive as a form of encouragement.
Perak were second with 16 gold, 12 silver and 29 bronze medals while Federal Territory were third with 12 gold, 10 silver and 20 bronze medals.
Sukim 2017 was organised by the Malaysian Indian Sports and Cultural Foundation (MISCF) and Perak was the host.
The Youth and Sports as well as Education ministries and National Sports Council (NSC) also gave their blesssings.
Sukim was first launched in 2014 with five sports. This year there were 11 sports, athletics, badminton, body building, football, hockey, kabaddi, karate, silambam, squash, taekwondo and tennis.
A total of 12 states — Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Federal Territories, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Johor, Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan — took part.
MISCF chairman Datuk T. Mohan said they were pleased with the overwhelming response from the states.
“There were about 1,800 athletes and 300 officials involved in Sukim 2017.
“All the states came well prepared. More importantly, we were able to see a lot of progress in the athletes’ commitment.
“We hope to see some of them representing their states in next year’s Malaysia Games and make the community proud,’’ said Mohan.
He said Hutan Melintang assemblyman S. Kesavan also attended the closing ceremony and gave away the prizes while Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P Ramasamy flagged off the Penang contingent for Sukim.