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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Karim wants international sporting events to benefit local athletes

August 12, 2017

Liew presents details of the upcoming tournaments to Karim (fourth right) while SLTA committee, events organising committee and Sports Unit head of the ministry Zul Usup (second right) look on.

KUCHING: Sarawak is not only interested to be a hot spot for sports tourism in the region but also wants the local athletes to benefit from any sporting event organised here.

This was stressed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at a press conference at his office at Bangunan Baitul Makmur yesterday.

"By organising international sports events,  we are not only promoting sports tourism but also working towards in making Sarawak a sports powerhouse,” said the minister as quoted by The Borneo Post.

He subsequently applauded Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association (SLTA) for organising four major tournaments from September to November this year.

“The organising of the series of tennis events will make sports very exciting in Sarawak and it is good for sports tourism. 

Karim also said : “The hotels, food joints and transport companies are all very happy with this kind of events."

SLTA will organise the 12th ATF Asian 14/U Series from Sept 13-17, the 30th Sarawak Chief Minister’s Cup (II) ITF Junior Circuit (Grade 3) from Oct 10-15, the ITF Men’s Pro Circuit US$15,000 from Oct 16-22 and the Genting Tennis Malaysia National Circuit Sarawak Open from Nov 8-12.

The SLTA president Dato Patrick Liew also spoke during the press conference. -@ybkarimsays

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