Sarawak aim to be Para Sukma and Sopma champion
Tarikh : 05 Dec 2020  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post Online

KUCHING: Athletes should take advantage of the lengthy period of time till the next Para Sukma and Malaysia Deaf Sports (Sopma) in 2022 to prepare for competition.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah offered this advice, adding this will help Sarawak to retain the overall title in Para Sukma and improve its standing in Sopma.

“We are the champion for Para Sukma for 13 times, and the highest spot in Sopma is third in 2016,” she said at the launch of Para Sukma, Sopma and Sarawak Special Olympics Strategic Planning Workshop held at a hotel here yesterday.

“We don’t want to surrender our champion spot, and we aim to be champion for Sopma as well,” she added.

Johor was supposed to play host for both games this year which were cancelled. Johor will still play host in 2022.

The minister revealed that Sarawak is targetting to make a name for itself not just at the national level but also at the international level with the Special Olympics.

On the matter of some athletes who will not be eligible to participate due to the age limit, she said they can still contribute to the sports industry in other ways such as becoming coaches and helping to train new athletes.

Fatimah also reminded athletes to adhere to Covid-19 SOPs while training.

Meanwhile, she said it is better if all sports bodies are housed under one roof to make it easier to channel funds as funding is the biggest challenge in developing OKU sports.

Among those present at the event were Community Wellbeing Assistant Minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis and OKU Development Unit leader and workshop chairperson Matthew Chin.

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