BY JACINTHA JOLENE
KUCHING: Chairman of Nanyang Wushu Federation of Sarawak Prof Datuk Seri Dr Song Swee Hee supports the motion of recognising lion dance as official sports.
“Yes, lion dance should be classified as one of the sports events under the Sports Development Act
“This traditional arts has developed itself as a competitive sports worldwide. There are traditional and contemporary lion dance,” Song said when contacted on Monday (Jan 17).
It was recently reported that the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) intended to include lion dance as well as eSports as official sports in the Sports Development Act 1997 (Act 576).
According to Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker, the ministry proposed to amend Act 576 so that both sports could be better administered.
“Currently, there are 48 sports listed in the latest amendments to Act 576; they include archery, athletics, motor-sports, fitness, paralympics, football, hockey, badminton, traditional sports, rowing, water sports, silat, wushu, kabbadi, netball and bicycle racing.