Build us a skate park, appeal skateboarders

Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING: The Sarawak Skateboarding Association (SKA) has called upon the state government to provide an allocation for the construction of a proper skate park. SKA chairman Mohammad Farouk Tufail Mahmud said a skate park is of major importance to kick-start the development of the sport.

“Sarawak needs a wellequipped skate park as a platform or venue for us to host national and international championships as we are able to produce three Sarawakian skateboarding athletes who will join the Malaysian contingent at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines this September.

FAROUK (third right) poses with Aeon Mall Kuching central manager Erwin Octavious Ranyes (second left), Assistant Sports Commissioner Sarawak Hazwan Salleh Baihaki (third left) and others during the launching of the Ciska Skateboarding League 2019 August Edition. Photos: Mohd Alif Noni
A junior skateboarder showing off some tricks.

“This is in line with the state government’s vision to transform Sarawak into a main hub of ‘sports powerhouse’ in Malaysia,” he told reporters at the Ciska Skateboarding League (CSL) 2019 August Edition held at Aeon Mall Kuching Central here, recently. Farouk further stated that the state government had agreed in principle regarding the proposal to establish the facility back in 2017.

“The existing skate park which is located at Civic Centre here needs to undergo repair and upgrading process but the implementation has yet to take place. “We need an allocation of about RM3 million to kick-start this construction project.”

He also mentioned that the association would try their luck in pursuing the tender for the construction of a skate park  worth RM2.5 million in Sibu which would be released by the state government in about a month. Over 40 participants took part in the event which was jointly organised by SKA, Civic Centre Skateboarding Club (Ciska) and Aeon Mall Kuching Central in conjunction with Aeon Mall’s ‘Do-Active 3.0’ programme which aimed to encourage active lifestyle among members of the public.
The Ciska Skateboarding League (CSL) is a bi-monthly league programme which was introduced in 2016 to focus on the development of skateboarding. SKA currently has over 1,000 registered members throughout the state with an average expense of RM50,000 per year through fundraising, sponsors and corporate support for their community-base

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