KUCHING: The Sarawak Boxing Association (Saba) wants boxing to be included in this year’s Sukan Sarawak (Suksar) which will be held in Miri from Dec 9 to 13.
Saba president Datuk Rahman Lariwoo said this is important because it will be further promote the sport throughout the state.
“If boxing is not including as an event in Suksar, it will affect the development of the sport especially in the Northern Region (Miri, Bintulu, Limbang and Lawas).
“We need to develop boxing in the North because our neighbour Brunei are now active in the sport.
“As such, I fervently hope that the Sarawak Sports Corporation will include boxing in this year’s Suksar,” he said during the Hari Raya Adilfitri open house at his residence in Matang Jaya.
Rahman said the inclusion of boxing in Suksar will also enable Saba to make a better preparation for Sukma 2020 in Johor.
“It will help us to unearth more talented and quality boxers to carry Sarawak’s challenge in Sukma Johor and I am very sure that many young boxers will try their luck,” added Rahman.
At the same time, Saba would be able to get new boxers to be roped into the backup team and eventually replace the seniors who are over-aged for Sukma.
Meanwhile, Saba are sending nine Sukma shadow team boxers to the Golden Glove Boxing Championship in Besut, Terengganu from July 22 to 28 as part of the exposure and preparations for Sukma Johor.
Rahman said the championship will serve as a benchmark on the capability of Sarawak boxers preparing for Sukma Johor.