Selangor has been chosen to host the fifth edition of the Sukan India Malaysia (Sukim) in Shah Alam next year.
Malaysian Indian Sports & Cultural Foundation (MISCF) president Datuk T. Mohan said Selangor had consented to be the host.
“The dates for the fifth Sukim will be announced later,” he said at a signing ceremony in Puchong.
Sukim is the brainchild of MISCF and is aimed at providing an opportunity for the Indian community to showcase their talents in various sports.
At a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony, MISCF was represented by its secretary Dr E. Subramaniam while MISCF Selangor was represented by its chairman T. Indran.
Mohan also paid tribute to founder member Y.P. Sivam who had played an influential role in ensuring the success of the Games since its inception.
“We are planning to do something to honour his sacrifices to the Indian sporting community,” he said.
Sivam, who was also a sports journalist with The Star, died on Aug 11.
The first Sukim was held in AIMST Universiti in Semeling, Sungai Petani in 2014, followed by the second in Gambhir, Johor, and in Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) last year.
This year, more than 2,000 athletes and officials participated in the fourth Sukim at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, which was launched by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s representative, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir.
The athletes contested in 11 disciplines, with Selangor becoming the overall champions for the third time, amassing 23 gold, 21 silver and 15 bronze medals.
Johor won the Games when they hosted in 2015.
MISCF Selangor chairman T. Indran said it is a heavy responsibility but they are prepared to do their best.
“We have to start preparations soon. We want the Games to be remembered as the best,” he said.
Indran said they had planned some activities including a torch run and the details would be announced in due course.