Sunday, August 9

Sarawak young fighters prove mettle at Sabah Muaythai open 2019


Jumaat Ibrahim

KUCHING: The young athletes under Sarawak Muaythai Development Programme produced a very commendable haul of three gold, five silver and six bronze medals from Sabah Muaythai Open 2019.

Sarawak supporters in Dewan Salleh Sulong in Papar near Kota Kinabalu last week got to witness Mohd Hairul Salmi, Khairul Aiman Muzaffar and Maurien Hii Sie Lin going all out to overcome their opponents and earning themselves the winning medals.

Mohd Hairul triumphed in the Men’s 51kg fight, Khairul Aiman excelled in the Men’s Open 54kg, while Maurien edged her rival in the Women’s Semi-Pro Open 57kg.

The silver medals were collected by Muhd Haikal Salmi from Men’s 48kg category, Daisy Delimma Umbai (Women’s Open 51kg), Anicia Sumak Ribak (Women’s Open 45kg), Florence Umang (Women’s 51kg) and Morris Hii (Men’s Open 63kg).

Those contributing bronze medals were Mohamad Hasbullah Mood (Men’s 48kg), Ha’anwari Iman Mohd Shaari (Men’s Open 51kg), Hafizzul Zikri Kiprawi (Men’s Open 48kg), Shara Shalom Johnny (Women’s 45kg), Roslind Chula John (Women’s Open 67kg) and Chew Zhi Kong (Men’s 71kg).

These are all athletes under the development programme run by Sarawak Muaythai Association (PMNS) and Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS).

In his remarks, PMNS president Jumaat Ibrahim said the Sabah Muaythai Open 2019 was an exposure for these young Sarawak athletes, especially the girl exponents.

“I believe the championships serve as an initial step for these athletes to be exposed to the right fighting skills and techniques.

“It can also be regarded as a prep-event for the 2020 Malaysia Games in Johor,” he said in a statement issued today, taking the opportunity to thank Sarawak Sports Corporation for its immense support that had enable the PMNS to send the athletes to the Papar outing.

Apart from the athletes under the development programme, Sarawak was also represented by SS Fighter Muaythai Gym Kuching at the Sabah championships.

The gym club brought home four gold, six silver and two bronze medals.

The gold medallists are Stephanie Tiyon (Women’s Open 48-51kg), Elias Ghazali (Men’s 60kg), Mohd Azhar (Men’s 57kg), and Johan Ghazali (Men’s 40kg).

The silver medallists are Alicia Ng (Women’s Open 63.5-67kg), Johnny Liew (Men’s Open 75kg and Above), Mohd Arafat (Men’s 67kg), Mikail Ghazali (Men’s 28kg), Amy Kilat (Women’s 60kg) dan Dolphina Walter Tony (Women’s 57kg).

The bronze medallists are Dennis Dan (Men’s Open 60-63.5kg) and Texas Jeremy (Boys 11-13 years – 38-40kg).