Sarawak allows spectators at sporting events

Karim holds a poster allowing the presence of spectators at sporting events during the press conference. Photo: NUR ASHIKIN LOUIS

KUCHING: Spectators are now allowed at sporting events with up to 2,000 people or 10 percent capacity of the stadium or sporting venue.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the directive came into effect today (Apr 8) in Sarawak following the announcement by the federal government.

“The federal government has announced that spectators can come to the stadium to watch sports tournament starting April 1.

“Therefore, we want to follow suit and standardise the directive to be in line with Putrajaya by announcing that spectators can come to the stadium to watch tournaments,” he said at a press conference after chairing the 2021 Sarawak Youth Development Committee Meeting at the Waterfront Hotel here today.

He added that the spectators present at the venue must also follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“They still have to scan QR code before entering the venue and have their temperature taken.

“Apart from that, there will only be specific entry and exit points while ensuring that social distancing must be practised at all times,” he added.

Abdul Karim disclosed his ministry had only implemented seven out of 97 planned youth and sports programmes this year following constraints faced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“But we still have got a long way this year. We can still look forward to many of the programmes in the later part of the year,” he added.

Also present were Sarawak National Youth Organisation (Saberkas) secretary general Safiee Ahmad, the ministry’s permanent secretary Nancy Jolhi and Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC) chief executive officer Dr Ong Kong Swee.