Reezal: Sukma will go ahead as planned

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor Sukma which has been rescheduled from July this year to 2021, will not be cancelled.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said there were calls from some quarters to cancel the Games but the government does not want to send a wrong signal to the sports community and sponsors.

“We are still optimistic, which is why the Sukma will still be held next year but there would be some minor changes on the dates.

“The dates will be confirmed after a meeting with the Sukma supreme committee later in December this year, ” said Reezal at a press conference at Kota Iskandar yesterday.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced the Johor Sukma to be pushed to 2021.

Reezal said the Parasukma would be held between March 8 and March 13 next year while the dates for Sukma, which is slated to be held in April, will be finalised later.

Reezal said this was to allow some 171 Sukma athletes to sit for their STPM examinations, which would be held between March 1 and March 19 next year.

Reezal added that the committee were also looking at having states host Sukma alternately with the Klang Valley.

He added that the government, through the Economic Planning Unit, has advised the ministry to change the Sukma hosting module to lessen the financial burden as the host jobs could cost about a quarter of a billion ringgit.

“Looking at such condition, the committee suggested that the Sukma be hosted by states and the National Sports Council.

“This will allow facilities in the Klang Valley to be used more often hence reducing the cost, ” he added.

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