KUCHING: Sarawak is preparing its athletes for next year’s Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) by sending them to compete in the Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia.
Twenty-three athletes and eight coaches will be taking part in the biennial games along with contingents from 35 other nations, including the United States, China and Australia.
The Sarawak team will take part in seven of the 31 events in the week-long competition beginning today, namely, bowling, taekwondo, weightlifting, athletics, swimming, table tennis and gymnastics.
Sarawak won nine gold, 15 silver and seven bronze medals in the 2001 games to emerge runner-up after Australia. The state did not take part in the 2003 games.
State Social Development and Urbanisation Minister Datuk William Mawan Ikom, who will be in Darwin to give moral support to the athletes, said:
“The ministry is fully committed to upgrading the standard of sports.
“We have the resources, technical expertise and talent to become a sports powerhouse,” he added.
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