Consider Muaythai for Sukma 2016 — MP
Posted on July 27, 2012, Friday
KUCHING: The Sarawak government should consider organising Muaythai or Thai kick-boxing as one of the events in Sukma 2016 when it plays host to the Malaysia Games.
This suggestion came from Science, Technology and Innovation deputy minister, Datuk Fadillah Yusof who felt that Sarawak has plenty of talented athletes who are capable of winning gold medals.
“Muaythai is fast becoming a popular sport in Sarawak, with more than 500 exponents from six clubs involved in the sport,” he said after the breaking of fast with 40 children from the Children’s Home, Mile 12, Jalan Penrissen held recently at the Youth and Sports Complex.
He said the sport was very popular in the US, UK and many parts of Europe as well as the northern part of West Malaysia.
Fadillah, also Member of Parliament for Petra Jaya, said the six clubs namely Kelab Muaythai SS Fighter which has more than 300 members, Kelab Muaythai Kenyalang (80), Kelab Silat Muaythai Lempong (40), Kelab Muaythai Sejoli Reds (30), Kelab Muaythai KPS (90) and Kelab Muaythai JBL Lundu (25) are very active in promoting the sport among locals.
He understood that an association under the name of Kuching Muaythai Association was in the process of getting registered with the Sports Commissioner’s Office Sarawak and there were plans to expand to other towns in the state.
The association’s pro tem president is Jumaat Ibrahim and his deputy is Sulaiman Salleh.
“Muaythai was introduced as a demonstration sport at this year’s Sukma XV and is going to be a competition event in the next Sukma (XVI) at Bukit Jalil next year. We will be sending a team to compete in the event which offers many gold medals,” said Fadillah.
Earlier, the deputy minister commended the organisers of the Sarawak Muaythai Charity Challenge 1st Series for their charitable gesture in donating the proceeds to the Children’s Home.
He also presented duit raya and hampers to the children from the Home.