Train next generation of sporting greats

Abdul Karim (fifth left) at the launch of the National Sports Day. On his left is Youth and Sports Assistant Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan.

KUCHING: Sarawak will continue to do its best in churning out sporting greats from the upcoming generations, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“We want to produce more Olympians in the shape of national diver Datuk Pandelela Rinong and track cyclist Datuk Azizulhasni Awang.

“This is in line with the government’s aspirations to make Malaysia a sporting nation. Hence, the National Sports Day agenda must be pursued in earnest,” he said.

He said this in a text of speech read by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at the launch of the state-level National Sports Day on Sunday (Oct 10).

Abang Johari also lauded the recent feat of Paralympian Bonnie Bunyau Gustin and Jong Yee Khie at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Japan.

“We have to ensure that there are successors to gold medallist Bonnie as well as silver medallist Jong who are from Sarawak.

“The feat in clinching the gold and silver medals have been the pride of all Malaysians especially the people of Sarawak,” he said.

The chief minister added that such achievements have elevated the image of Sarawakians at the world stage.