KUCHING: Athletes and officials involved in the 21st Asia Masters Athletics Championships (AMAC) attended a welcome dinner at a local hotel here on Monday night.
Hosting the event was none other than Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
“We would like to welcome everyone to Sarawak as we hope everyone involved in this event to make new friends and take home sweet memories after the championship. We are hoping that events like this one would promote Sarawak’s rich culture and other attractions,” he told the gathering.
The 21st AMAC has attracted 2,500 athletes aged 35 and above from 29 countries. They include former Olympians and many stars who had previously graced the SEA, Asian and Commonwealth Games.
However, one particular athlete who stole the limelight on Monday night was India’s Man Kaur, listed as the oldest athlete in the annual calendar of World Masters Athletics (WMA).
Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan cited Man’s enthusiasm as exemplary for the younger generation to get involved in sports.
“At the age of 103 years-old, her participation in this championship is admirable. She has proven that humankind can achieve anything if they set their mind to it at any age,” he remarked.
The AMAC is the biennial championship of the Asia Masters Athletics (AMA), one of six continental affiliates of the global governing body WMA.
The 6-day 21st AMAC is now taking place at Stadium Sarawak and Stadium Negri until Dec 7.
Also present during the welcome dinner were Sarawak Sports Corporation CEO Dr Ong Kong Swee, WMA president Margit Jungman, AMA president Viwat Vigrantanoros and Malaysian Masters Athletics Association president S. Sivapragasam.