Female athletes rise to the challenge

THE first National Women’s Games (NWG) received a boost at a ceremony where Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin SM Amin handed over fifteen V6 Naza Ria MPVs to Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman. 

The ceremony took place at Universiti Putra Malaysia recently. 

The presentation by Naza Group is to show support for the inaugural sports event.  

Nasimuddin, the Naza Group of Companies managing director said sports promote a healthy lifestyle as well as encourage teamwork and as such wanted to do their bit to ensure the success of the games. 

The fifteen vehicles provided is being used to transport officials to the various sports venues.  

Azalina (secondfrom left) andNasimuddin(third from left)with membersof the NWGorganising committeeat thepresentationceremony.

The Games, organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Women’s Sports and Fitness Foundation Malaysian and the National Sports Council, is the first national-level sports event to feature only female athletes.  

At the handing over ceremony, Azalina expressed joy over the good response to the Games which has received full participation from all states.  

She stressed on the equality of female athletes in sports and cited Nicol David as a good example to local sportswomen.  

Dr S Shamala, deputy chairperson of the NWG organising committee , said many states had new and young talents in their contingent and that this was a positive development in the local sports scene.  

She said this would help NWG achieve their objective of identifying new sportswomen for the country.  

Dr Shamala said she was confident the NWG will continue to be a permanent feature of the Malaysian sports calendar. 

A total of 3, 200 female athletes from all over the country are competing in nine different sports. 

The games are aquatics, athletics, badminton, bowling, football, gymnastics, hockey, squash and netball. The Games is divided into two categories, the Under 18 Division and the Open Division. Among the popular crowd favourite events include badminton, netball, hockey and football.  

Lee Kim Keat, 20, a badminton player from the Penang contingent, is excited about competing in the Games.  

She said the event was a chance for young athletes to show their potential and skills.  

Nurul Izzati Ismail, 21, captain of the Terengganu netball team, said the Games gave her team a chance to gain more exposure. 

“By playing with stronger teams we will learn techniques to improve our game.'' 

The National Women’s Games is on until tomorrow at the National Sports Complex, Bukit Jalil and Universiti Putra Malaysia.  

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