Thursday, June 27

STTA president — Get us a coach

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Cheng (left) hands over the overall trophy to Lau. Looking on are STTA players and officials.

Cheng (left) hands over the overall trophy to Lau. Looking on are STTA players and officials.

SIBU: Sibu Table Tennis Association (STTA) president Temenggong Datuk Vincent Lau Lee Ming has called on the State Sports Council (MSNS) to be fair to all divisions in the deployment of coaches.

With the exception of Kuching, he said other divisions also desperately need the services of the coaches.

“We know that Kuching is the capital city but other towns also need the services of the coaches.

“We should work together to promote the standard of the paddlers in the state as a whole,” he added when speaking at STTA’s thank-you dinner here last Sunday night.

Last week STTA chairman Dr Clement Cheng said STTA’s biggest aspiration for 2017 was to get a full-time coach.

Former state player King Teck Min’s name was submitted to the MSNS for approval.

STTA had hired coaches from China in the past but Sibu has been without a full-time coach for the last two years.

“It’s good if we can get a local coach who understands better our own culture and our own people. Hopefully, MSNS will look into issue and without delay, get us a coach,” Lau added.

Also present at the event was STTA advisor Dr Wiliam Ting.

The dinner was held to celebrate Sibu winning the overall title at the recent state championship held in Kuching.

It was STTA’s first victory in 10 years.

Lau also commended Cheng for a job well done.

“It’s not always easy to be the chairman as one needs to look for sponsorships and donations in order to keep the association going.

“STTA requires at least RM70,000 to RM80,000 for its annual activities. That is the hardest part,” he said.