KUCHING: Rhythmic gymnastics of Sukma XVIII to be hosted by Sarawak from July 22-31 will be having the shortest competition as it has the least participants.
In confirming this on Tuesday, Sukma XVIII chief technical supervisor Ahmad Rozli Hashim said rhythmic gymnastics will only be competed over two days at the MBKS Indoor Stadium in Pending from July 19 to 20.
“The decision to shorten the competition for rhythmic gymnastics was made by the Sukma XVIII Supreme Council due to fewer participants for the event,” he said.
It was learnt that only five states Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Pahang, Perak and host Sarawak have confirmed for the event which is divided into team and individual apparatus (rope, hoop, ball and clubs).
Each team is expected to send a maximum of five athletes where only four can compete in the events.
Meanwhile, Sarawak Sports Corporation chief executive officer Dr Ong Kong Swee said the National Sports Council (MSN) and heads of technical delegates will be meeting again in Kuching on June 25.
The sports and venues which have been confirmed so far include football at Stadium Negeri, Padang D and Unimas, lawn bowls at Sarawak Lawn Bowls Arena, men’s hockey at Kota Samarahan Indoor Stadium, weightlifting (UiTM), tennis (Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association tennis centre), wushu (SJK Chung Hua No. 3), and aquatics (swimming and diiving) at Sarawak Aquatic Stadium.
Others are squash (Sarawak Squash Centre), archery (Unimas Kota Samarahan), tenpin bowling (Sarawak Megalanes Batu Kawah), petanque (Santubong Petanque Complex) and boxing (MBKS Indoor Stadium).
As for shooting, it will be held at the Sarawak Shooting Range, golf at Kelab Golf Sarawak, athletics at Sarawak Stadium, artistic gymnastics at Sarawak Indoor Stadium.
Events held outside Kuching are karate and sepak takraw (Miri Stadium), optimist sailing (Marina Bay, Miri), men’s and women’s volleyball (Sibu Volleyball Stadium) and badminton (Sibu Indoor Stadium).