SUKMA Baton Run and Para SUKMA XXI Sarawak Conclude Triumphantly in Kuching

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Baton Run Program Celebrates Culmination in Kuching

SUKMA Baton Run and Para SUKMA XXI Sarawak Conclude Triumphantly in Kuching
SUKMA Baton Run and Para SUKMA XXI Sarawak Conclude Triumphantly in Kuching

KUCHING: The SUKMA Baton Run, a highly anticipated event coinciding with the Malaysia Sports Games (SUKMA) and Para SUKMA XXI Sarawak 2024, concluded triumphantly today in Kuching. This grand finale marked the end of a journey that spanned 11 divisions across the state, commencing on April 27.

A United Community in Kuching

Thousands of enthusiastic Kuching residents from diverse backgrounds gathered at the Kuching River Bank to participate in the final leg of the Baton Run. The 4.1-kilometer run saw an overwhelming turnout, showcasing the community’s robust support for this significant sporting event.

Dignitaries Grace the Occasion

The morning was marked by the presence of notable figures, including the Minister of Youth, Sports, and Entrepreneur Development, Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who officiated the release of the runners at 7 am. He was joined by the Minister of Women, Children, and Community Wellbeing, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, highlighting the event’s importance at both state and national levels.

Celebrating Sarawak’s Sports Icons

Among the runners were 12 distinguished Sarawak sports icons, led by the state’s celebrated boxing champion, Daeloniel McDelon, popularly known as Kilat Boy. Their participation added a layer of inspiration and motivation for all attendees, particularly the aspiring young athletes.

Promoting SUKMA and Para SUKMA XXI Sarawak

In his opening speech, Abdul Karim emphasized the Baton Run’s role in promoting SUKMA and the upcoming 21st Sarawak Para SUKMA, scheduled for August and September. He proudly announced that Kuching was the 12th and final destination of this extensive running program.

Historical Significance of Sarawak as Host

“Sarawak has been chosen for the third time as the host, following successful events in 1990 in Kuching and in 2016 across Kuching, Sibu, and Miri,” Abdul Karim noted. He added that this year’s SUKMA Games will be the most extensive in history, encompassing 37 sports with 488 events.

Anticipation for the Largest SUKMA Games

Abdul Karim highlighted the scale of this year’s games, expecting the participation of over 2,000 athletes and officials. The SUKMA XXI will span multiple divisions, including Kuching, Samarahan, Serian, Sri Aman, Betong, Sibu, Mukah, Bintulu, and Miri.

Community Spirit and Enthusiasm

The Baton Run’s culmination in Kuching not only celebrated the forthcoming games but also showcased the unity and enthusiasm of the Sarawak community. The event underscored the importance of sports in fostering community spirit and encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle among citizens.

Official Ceremony and Future Prospects

The official ceremony was graced by Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, who addressed the participants and attendees at the Kuching Cliffs. His presence underscored the state’s commitment to hosting successful and memorable games.

Looking Forward to SUKMA XXI

As anticipation builds for the SUKMA and Para SUKMA XXI, the successful completion of the Baton Run serves as a promising prelude to the main events. The spirit of sportsmanship, unity, and enthusiasm demonstrated throughout the Baton Run bodes well for the success of the upcoming games.

Conclusion

The SUKMA Baton Run and Para SUKMA XXI Sarawak have successfully highlighted the rich sporting culture and community spirit in Sarawak. With the support of the state’s leadership and the enthusiastic participation of its citizens, the stage is set for an unforgettable SUKMA XXI this August and September.

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