Tuesday, August 9

Host more sports events, clubs and associations encouraged

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KUCHING: Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin encourages local clubs and associations to host more sports activities slated for youths in the future.

He believes such activities could help in preventing youths from being involved in social ills such as drug and substance abuse, as well as illegal racing.

He also points out that participation in sports can boost the self-esteem of youths, teach them about teamwork, help instil in them self-discipline and also develop their social skills further.

In connection to this, he suggested the youths take part in organised sports that would match their ‘sports-readiness’, so that they would enjoy every activity.

“In addition, the parents can help a youth to stick with a sport, by focusing on the ‘fun and fitness’ aspects, rather than just perfecting skills.

“Allow your children enough time in sports, even if it’s only at a recreational level,” he said during the closing and prize-presentation ceremony for the Puncak Borneo Basketball Tournament 2019 at Siburan near here on Sunday.

Adding on, Willie commended the Siburan Basketball Club – headed by Lai Teck Jun – for its successful maiden hosting of the event.

Moreover, he said he was very delighted and amazed by the quality of the game, which featured many good basketball players from Puncak Borneo, including those from the Bidayuh and Malay communities.

“Gone is the perception that this game is only for our Chinese friends,” he said.

Willie also thanked Sunny East Holding Sdn Bhd managing director Roland Pang for his immense contribution towards making this tournament a reality.

Meanwhile, Min Lee (Siburan Basketball Club) emerged the champion, walking away with RM3,500 plus the tournament’s trophy and medals.

Finishing as first, second and third runners-up were Arena Asajaya, Sin Jit Mau (Tapah Basketball Association) and Fairland Restaurant (Beratok Basketball Club), respectively, who received RM1,500, RM1,000 and RM500, respectively.

Willie had allocated RM25,000 from his annual grant for the tournament.

Willie (front, fifth left) presents the tournament’s trophy to the winning team, Min Lee.