THE Penang Sports Council now has its own bus to ferry athletes to sports meets.
The bus worth over RM328,000 was sponsored by the state government (RM200,000), the state Sports Council (RM28,000) and an anonymous sponsor (RM100,000) to promote local sports industry.
Penang Youth, Sports and Wo-men, Family and Community De-velopment Committee chairman Datuk Jahara Hamid said every sports association would benefit from the new bus and that they would be charged a nominal fee.
“All of us have to follow the bus schedule if we want to use it,” she said after performing a customary blessing ceremony recently.
Jahara also en-couraged wo-men to be active in sports so as to churn more talents.
“We want to have more spirited athletes like Penang’s very own Nicol David,” she said.
She said the state would send 112 female athletes to the inaugural National Women’s Sports 2005, to be held at the National Sports Complex in Kuala Lumpur from tomorrow to Dec 17.
The tournament is jointly organised by Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation (M) and its co-partners like Youth and Sports Ministry, National Sports Council and National Olympic Council.
“I hope that our female athletes will perform their best so that they can emerge among the top five in the national sports tournament,” she said.
Later, council director Lee Hang Son presented the state flag to deputy chief-de-mission Siti Faridah Arshad, who is also the Teluk Bahang state assemblyman.
The handing over ceremony was witnessed by Jahara, Penang State Sports Council deputy chairman Datuk Sonny Soon and its committee member Datuk Tan Gin Soon.