SDO urged to prepare themselves for Perak Sukma

SARAWAK Sports Corporation (SSC) Chief Executive Officer Dr Ong Kong Swee (right) in a final meeting with the respective Sports Development Officers (SDO) in Kuching yesterday.

KUCHING: The respective Spor ts Development Officer (SDO) from the Sarawak Sports Council (MSNS) who are involved in the preparation of state’s contingent to the 19th Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Perak were urged to work hard to ensure the welfare and comfort of athletes are well taken care of.

This was stated by Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC) Chief Executive Officer Dr Ong Kong Swee at the recent coordination meeting held at Sarawak State Stadium, Petra Jaya which was attended by all SDOs and secretariat staff.

According to Dr Ong, Sarawak’s contingent is one of the biggest to compete in the 19th Sukma and so there are many challenges expected in the managing of the over 700 athletes and officers involved. He advised the SDOs and the secretariat staff to aware of the athletes’ needs during their stay in Perak especially those who would be facing in terms of health, accommodation, nutrition and transportation. This is also because the various sporting events are to be held in 13 different locations throughout Perak and the distance between each venue is considerably far from one another.

Dr Ong however said during his recent visit to Perak, the organisers had given the assurance that all preparations to welcome the state contingents had been well prepared and the hospitality arrangements had also been pre-arranged.

Even though the 19th Sukma is just 13 days away but the first batch of SDOs and the secretariat staff will be leaving as early as on September 4 in order to set up Sarawak’s contingent’s operations centre in Ipoh.

Sarawak’s football team will be the first to leave early for Perak in order to prepare for their Group A matches that will kick off on September 8 at Manjung District Stadium in Tanjung Manjung.

Sarawak’s contingent is also having its camp from September 7 to 9 at Century Hotel and the handing over of state colours is expected to be graced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Johari Tun Openg during his visit to the athletes there.