PETALING JAYA: A new lease of life has been given to revive the Maba Agong Cup tournament with a sponsorship deal worth RM1.5mil. International health screening medical provider MJ Health has come into the picture as the new title sponsor for the annual national championships for men and women cagers over a three-year period from 2021-2023.
There were disappointments all over when this year’s Agong Cup was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic but now, the smiles are back.
Malaysian Basketball Association (Maba) president Datuk Tan Kang Yong was grateful as he felt that the basketball fraternity needed a morale boost after all their tournaments were halted due to the virus.
“MJ Health has always been a friend to Maba. We cannot wait for the tournament to start again, as it is such a prestigious competition within our sport. Covid-19 has been a challenge, but we want to get Malaysian basketball going again,” he said.
“I thank our Malaysian basketball fans for their patience.
The 2021 edition will be held in Melaka, and tentatively Maba are aiming for it to be hosted in early May 2021.
The Agong Cup is Maba’s premier basketball tournament, which first started in 1958.
Historically, the Agong Cup has always been an interstate competition but in 2019, clubs were also invited to participate.
When the competition resumes next year, the Agong Cup will revert to its previous format with only state teams participating.