We’ll have our own Bukit Jalil: Abdul Karim

Abdul Karim (second row, second left) and Fatimah (second row, third left) with the Sarawak athletes who returned from the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Games.

KUCHING: Sarawak will continue to build on its recent sporting success at the international level with the setting up of its High-Performance Centre (HPC) which is in the pipeline.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the centre would provide better training facilities for athletes.

“In our long-term plan, we wanted to build a HPC at the current sports complex so that we can nurture our athletes better. We will have our own Bukit Jalil,” he said, referring to the location of the National Sports Complex in Kuala Lumpur.

He said this when met after welcoming back Sarawak athletes who competed at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Games at the Kuching International Airport today.

At the same time, Abdul Karim assured that the athletes who represented the nation at the international sporting event would be rewarded with incentives from the state government.

“The proposal has been made in the Cabinet, after it is approved, we can announce it.

“Usually, we will give half of what the federal government will be giving as these athletes are national athletes and the main incentives will be from the federal government,” he said.

Separately, Abdul Karim said relaxations on contact sports will be decided by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), adding that with the recent entry relaxations announced, the reopening of the sport and tourism industry has started.

Meanwhile, Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah who was also present said the success achieved by the Sarawak paralympic athletes was meaningful.

“For the first time in the history of the state, the athletes from Sarawak won two medals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games international sporting event. Today, we see them take home the medal to celebrate together.

“Our next target is for the Sarawak Para Sukma team to win for the 14th time in the 2022 Johor Para Sukma Games with a target of 68 gold medals.

“This achievement and glory must be continued and all teams must be prepared to realise that dream,” she said.