SIBU: A teacher and a former Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) officer were named ‘Champion of Champions’ title holders in the Mr Kenyalang Classic 2018 Bodybuilding Championship.
Alfie Khan, who teaches primary-school level Physical Education, won the Physique Above-170.1cm category before beating the Physique Under-170cm winner Azmir Ajis from Saratok to clinch the category’s overall championship.
In bodybuilding, Buda Anchah, who retired from the RMAF in 2016, excelled in the Above-70.1kg category and later, shared the showdown stage with Under-70kg winner Wilfred Harding – another school teacher – where the former military man emerged grand champion.
This year’s second edition of the Mr Kenyalang competition was organised and hosted by Sibu Division Bodybuilding and Weightlifting Association (SDBWA), in collaboration with Sarawak Bodybuilding Association (SBBA) and Borneo Bodybuilding Supplement (BBS) as key sponsor.
The championships attracted nearly 40 competitors from Kuching, Serian, Kota Samarahan, Sri Aman, Betong, Saratok, Dalat, Mukah, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu.
Sibu Division Resident Charles Siaw, who launched the event, commended SDBWA for the organisation of the bodybuilding competition.
“I was made to understand that the idea of hosting a bodybuilding and physique competition specifically for Sarawakians came from Chia Soon Cheong of SDBWA and was strongly supported by SBBA president Datuk Wee Hong Seng. For this, I applaud SBBA and SDBWA for their determination, cooperation and commitment in making Mr Kenyalang a reality.
“Now that it is in its second edition, I believe by the time it reaches its fifth edition, it would become an event to be reckoned with and one that can promote Sibu further in the field of sports,” said Siaw, who represented the state’s International Trade and E-Commerce Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.
Wee, the Malaysian bodybuilding Federation vice-president, expressed his hope for all bodybuilding event organisers to focus on unearthing new talents.
“Sarawak has been fortunate to have a line-up of bodybuilders who are ready to take on the mantle of our present champions like Buda Anchah, Dr Malvern Abdullah and Awang Azizul, who themselves have carried on the legacy from Mr Asia legends – the late Bujang Taha, the late Soloman Esmanto and Liaw Teck Leong.
“It is my hope that we sustain this achievement and continue to have a good pool of Sarawak bodybuilding talents. We can, and SBBA strives for this, but it cannot be done without the support and cooperation from all stakeholders,” said Wee.
Miri Division Bodybuilding Association president Cheyenne Murris, SDBWA vice-president Ling Tung Hock and BBS director Adrian Wong were also present at the event.
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