Thursday, February 2

Sarawak bid to realise vision of sports powerhouse

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Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: Sarawak Sports Corporation will bid for funds under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) for 13 new projects that will equip the state with world-class facilities and equipment, said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He told the State Legislative Assembly in his winding-up speech yesterday that the projects would be implemented in phases from 2021 to 2025, adding that these projects would also help tackle social issues affecting youths.

“It will also act as a mechanism to curb social issues by encouraging youths to be actively engaged in sporting activities and at the same enhance sports tourism in the state,” he said.

Among the proposed projects are the High Performance Centre (HPC), the Sarawak F1 Go-Karting Circuit, Cycling Velodrome, Skeet & Trap and Pistol facilties at Sarawak Shooting Range and the Sarawak Sports Museum to be built in Petra Jaya, upgrading of running tracks at all stadiums, artificial hockey turf in Sibu and Miri, and the development of the Kapit Sports and Convention Centre.

Abdul Karim also said LED lighting system would be installed at the Petra Jaya Sports Complex which would be upgraded in line with the Smart Stadium Concept.

Going into details of the HPC, the Minister explained that it would utilise the latest sports science approach in providing local athletes with Integrated Sports Science (ISS) components of Psychology, Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning, Performance Analysis, Performance Recovery, Rehabilitation and Performance Planning.

“These will be guided by the mission to achieve Sarawak’s vision of becoming the nation’s ‘Sports Powerhouse’ by 2024,” he said.

Sarawak’s first HPC would include facilities such as Dry Gym Indoor Training areas for gymnastics and diving, a running and sprint track for athletics, training area for explosive events like Throws (Athletics) and Invasion Power Sports, and a laboratory for research, innovation and biomechanics.