THE success of the inaugural Desa Petaling Community Sports Carnival has prompted the formation of the Desa Petaling Recreation Club.
Desa Petaling Meadow Property Management Services Sdn Bhd general manager Ahmad Kassim said about 40,000 people lived in the high rises and condominiums located in Desa Petaling.
“We are forming the club to cater to the needs of the residents in Desa Petaling for sports and recreation,” said Ahmad, speaking on behalf of the property management.
“The club will provide us with a platform to organise activities for residents to pursue a healthy lifestyle and to strengthen the community spirit.
“Next year, we are planning to host the sports carnival over a longer period and to have more events.
“We intend to organise it over a fortnight period instead of over the weekend.”
The inaugural Desa Petaling Community Sports Carnival, jointly organised by Salak Park Group of Companies and Meadow Property Management Services Sdn Bhd, drew the participation of about 1,000 residents.
The residents took part in line dancing, rope dancing, badminton, table tennis, squash, swimming, pool volleyball, tennis, carrom and three-on-three basketball.
The other events included telematches, food-and-drink relay, father-and-son competition, quiz and a three-legged race.
Ahmad said the property management company administered 12 residential projects in Desa Petaling.
“Although we incur cost to organise social events, it is our corporate responsibility to serve the community, “ Ahmad added.
“Sport is a great way to foster social integration among residents. It is good to see people from all walks of life participating in sports.”
Project manager Kelvin Ang called on the residents to utilise fully the Desa Petaling Sports Centre which has 14 badminton courts, two table tennis tables and three-on-three basketball court.
The badminton programmes at the centre includes coaching clinic run by former national shuttlers Moo Foo Lian and Ng Kean Kok.
The Japanese national badminton team, led by former South Korea doubles ace Park Joo- bong, trained at the centre before they took part in this year’s Malaysian Open badminton championships.
“Badminton is a very popular sport and we want to promote it on a bigger scale,” said Ang, who plans to organise the the Fui Chew and Hakka Cup badminton championships from Sept 10 to 11 and the Inter-Media badminton championships in October.
The season highlight Champion of Championships, scheduled for Nov 4-6, has nine categories - 20-29 year singles and doubles, 30-39 years singles and doubles, 40-49 years singles and doubles, 50-59 singles and doubles and above 60 years doubles.
The organisers have limited the entries to 16 players and pairs in each category.
For the Champion of Champion-ships, only those who have achieved among the top three placings in any social tournaments are allowed to take part.
Each participant will receive a special T-shirt, Way of the Champions book and food vouchers for Shuttles Restaurant.
Ang is also planning to get either Park Joo-bong or former national coach Indra Gunawan to conduct a three-day/two-night badminton camp for juniors in October.
For entry forms and more details, contact Kelvin Ang at 012-311 3983.