KUCHING: Youth and Sport Assistant Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan believes the enthusiasm shown by participants of the 21st Asia Master Athletics Championship is proof that anyone can achieve anything they set their mind on, regardless of age.

“I applaud the commitment made by all the participants from 29 different countries participating in this phenomenal event,” he said during the welcoming dinner on Monday.

STILL GOING STRONG…At 103 years old, India’s Mann Kaur (second right), is the oldest athlete participating in the 21st Asia Masters Athletics Championship hosted by Sarawak. Here she is seen at a photo call with Youth and Sport Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (third left) and his deputy Datuk Snowdan Lawan (left) during a welcoming dinner in Kuching for some 2,500 athletes from all over the world. Mann holds the world records in the Over-100 years old categories for a variety of events. Her coach was her son Gurdev Singh, 79. Photo: Nur Fadzlyn

Snowdan added that the commitment of the athletes, especially those over the age of 35, which he described as simply phenomenal, should be an example to the younger generation.

“We have always recognised the importance of sports in our wellbeing as well as the noble objective of having sports contributing towards the betterment of healthy living,” he said. Snowdan also said Sarawak’s ability to host the championship showed that it had the capacity and facilities to host even more world events in future.

Abdul Karim (fourth right) with Snowdan (on his right) complete the gimmick launch at the welcoming dinner. Photo: Nur Fadzlyn