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Malaysians encouraged to take part in APMG 2018
Tarikh : 26 Jun 2018  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post

Minos (centre) and Unimas deputy vice-chancellor Prof Mohamad Fadzil Abd Rahman jointly hold the APMG 2018 torch during a group photo with Rashidah (second right) and others.  At far left and right are the mascots of APMG 2018 and MPKS, respectively.


KOTA SAMARAHAN: The Asia Pacific Master Games (APMG) 2018, which is being held for the first time in Malaysia, will serve as an arena for people in the country to showcase their talents at international level.

According to Penang Island City Council (MBPP) community services director Rashidah Jalaludin, the event is open to all Malaysians who wish to participate in an international sports event.

“APMG is not limited to athletes representing the country only as it can also be participated by members of the public who wish to showcase their athletic talents in events contested in the games,” she said during the opening of APMG Torch Run 2018 at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) here yesterday.

Rashidah, who was representing Malaysian Association of Local Authorities (Mala) president Yew Tung Seang, said this year’s APMG would take place in Penang from Sept 7 to 15, with more than 20 events contested.

“As such, we welcome participation from our country in the games and put Malaysia on the global map in this APMG,” she said.

She pointed out that one of the participants at this year’s games is more than 100 years of age – the centenarian, who hails from India, is APMG record-holder for the track and field event.

“Even though we have participants from other countries, it would be great if there are participants from our own country taking part in APMG and putting their names on the forefront in the games.

“I hope everyone would take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the games, especially those from Unimas as well as Kota Samarahan,” said Rashidah.

Earlier, Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) chairman Dato Peter Minos said the council is ready to take part in the APMG.

He gave his assurance that MPKS is ready to cooperate with Mala to ensure that the organisation of APMG 2018 would be successful and at the same time, promote the uniqueness of Sarawak to the participants of the games.

The APMG Torch Run 2018, organised by Mala, takes 99 days and covers 3,908km – kicking off in Sabah and heading down to Sarawak before reaching its final destination, Penang, this Sept 8.

More than 50 runners took part in the torch run yesterday, which was flagged off at Batang Sadong bridge and continued till the handover of the torch to 50 motorcyclists, who then rode off with it to Unimas.

At the university, the torch run celebration also included cultural performances as well as a tree planting ceremony.

APMG 2018 is expected to gather around 10,000 athletes and officials from 100 countries, who will then converge on Penang to participate in 21 sports events including football, badminton, tennis, table tennis, and squash.