|(Standing from fourth left) Morshidi, Abdul Karim and others cut the ribbon at the soft opening of the Sibu Indoor Stadium.|
SIBU: The Sarawak contingent chef-de-mission Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah is confident that badminton could deliver gold medals.
"...I am hoping badminton to spring some surprises though the game is not our powerhouse, but then, we being the host, with the home support, miracles can happen,” he said in a press conference yesterday in Sibu.
Karim was in town to attend a soft-opening of the newly completed Sibu Indoor Stadium which is to be used for the upcoming 18th Sukma.
He also expressed his confident that volleyball could deliver a gold medal.
"We should be getting gold for volleyball; I would be very disappointed if we don’t deliver gold."
Meanwhile the State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, during the press conference, has raised the hope that Sibu could one day produce national badminton champions with the completion of RM39 million state-of-the-art stadium which was completed on April 2.
|Sarawak Sukma shuttlers posing with (third row standing from second left) Hii, Morshidi, Abdul Karim and others.|
It has a seating capacity of 4,250 and the courts could also be converted into a basketball or volleyball court.
“Not just for this Sukma, but maybe the next Sukma or other national games. With this kind of badminton courts, Sibu people should be able to produce future national champions – future Lee Chong Wei.
“Sometimes, because of the Sarawakian spirit, you can actually surprise us and bring the game to a higher level,” he said.
Sibu will host the badminton and volleyball competitions in the upcoming Sukma.
Sarawak has targeted a tally of 72 gold medals for the state contingent at the national games.
Also present at the press conference was Sibu Resident Hii Chang Kee.