KUCHING: It is hoped that the Sarawak contingent will deliver more gold medals in the coming 20th Malaysian Games (SUKMA).
In making the comment, Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said a total of 698 athletes will be representing Sarawak in the coming SUKMA; and including the officials there will be over 800 representing the state.
Adding further, he said 426 events will be contested out of the 31 sports that will be competed in the Malaysia Games.
Abdul Karim said this when speaking to the media after officiating at the ‘50 Days Countdown to the 20th Malaysia Games and MSN 2022 that also doubled up as the Launching Programme of ‘Our Star Our Pride’.
“Our target as a state is 44 gold medals, but I believe we can exceed the figure.
“These are feedbacks from our coaches and based on the athlete’s performances with many having been training outside Sarawak.
“I hope these are the surprises in store for us,” the Asajaya assemblyman pointed out.
He also hoped that Sarawak could overcome the previous winner with 55 gold medals and believed that it would be achievable ‘when unleashing your killer instinct’.
“Cycling, BMX, rugby, and golf are among our potential events (that can deliver medals).
“I do hope that sports like wushu would still be able to deliver,” he said.
Also present at the event was Deputy Minister for Youth and Sport Development Datuk Gerald Rentap Jabu.