|Karim (seated, centre) with Robert (right) and the ministry’s head of sports section Zul Usup (left) and Abas officials during the courtesy visit.|
KUCHING: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports will support any sports association that is able to bring in international competitions to the state.
“The international sporting events will bring in many foreign athletes who will be accompanied by officials and members of their families and this is good for tourism in Sarawak,” said its minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah when receiving a courtesy call by Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak (Abas) at his office at Bangunan Baitul Makmur in Petra Jaya yesterday.
The Abas delegation led by deputy president Shaifulbahri Shukri and vice president Robert Lu included assistant secretary Angelo Koay, committee members Jackie Ting and Tan Chin Chai as well as Sarawak head coach Jackson Ting.
Karim was briefed by Robert on the organising of the Sarawak International Open Tenpin Bowling Championships from Sept 6-9 and the 18th Asian Schools Tenpin Bowling Championships from Nov 11-17.
Besides that, Abas will be hosting the youth training exchange programme between Japan national youth bowlers and Abas Youth Elite bowlers from Sept 2-5.
It was learnt that eight Japan national youth bowlers, accompanied by their head coach and a trainer, will be attending a training-cum-motivational camp together with the state youth bowlers, after which they will be competing in the Sarawak International Open with top bowlers in the Asian Zone.
“I am very impressed with Abas for being able to organise the three events which I believe will help to bring in many participants,” said Karim who emphasised on providing good hospitality for those visiting Sarawak.
He also commended the association for producing bowlers of world standard and consistently contributing medals to the Sarawak contingent in Sukma. -TheBorneoPost