Thursday, August 6

Abdul Karim: State government in no hurry to open sports complexes

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Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah – File photo

KUCHING: The Sarawak state government will not rush into opening its sports complexes at the moment as it is still bound by instructions given by the federal government.

This was stated by Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah when commenting on the Sabah state government’s decision to open almost all sports facilities and hostels on May 18.

According to Abdul Karim, members of the public who wish to undertake recreational activities must adhere to the rules approved by the authorities which include performing exercises in open fields and not engaging in any contact sports. He noted that golf clubs have started their operations in Sarawak.

“Sports such as football, swimming or physical activities in enclosed halls and gymnasiums are still not allowed,” he reiterated.

The minister, however, pointed out that the situation did not affect the preparation of Sarawak athletes for next year’s Johor Sukma as they continued to train at their respective venues.

Many sports complexes are still being used by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) including the Sarawak Youth and Sports Complex at Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce, Lawn Bowls Arena in Petra Jaya and Miri Indoor Stadium.

Abdul Karim added that some of the Civic Centres managed and operated by Ministry of Youth and Sports are also being used as screening centers for Persons Under Surveillance (PUS) including receiving centres for institutes of higher learning students returning from Peninsular, Sabah and Labuan.

Last Thursday, Sabah Youth and Sports Minister Phoong Jin Zhe announced all sports complexes and hostels throughout the state under the management of Sabah Sports Board will begin operation on May 18 (Monday).

He said this is in line with the May 10 statement issued by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal on various sectors authorised to operate.