|Karim (centre) with Claudia on his right and guests pose with the winners and organisers after the prize presentation.|
KUCHING: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports will look into the request from SMK Dalat for a hockey pitch to be built in Dalat.
Its minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the request by the school showed that there are many hockey enthusiasts in that district.
He also learnt from former state players in Dalat that the sport is fast gathering strength in the district.
“I promised Datuk Fatimah Abdullah who is the state assembly woman for Dalat that we would look into that request to build a hockey pitch in Dalat as well as Mukah.
“We must help those who wish to play hockey and they must have fields to play and tournaments to compete in,” he said at the closing of TNB Hockey League at the Sarawak Hockey Stadium along Jalan Padungan yesterday.
“That is why I am very happy that Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has come to Sarawak to help hockey development in Sarawak by organising the TNB Hockey League with Hockey Association of Sarawak (HAS),” said Karim who hoped that hockey can scale greater heights in years to come.
“I also found out that some of our boys are studying and playing hockey at the Sabah Sports School and hopefully after they have completed their studies there, they will come back to Sarawak and probably might be able to bring up this sport.
“My congratulations to the winners of this league and a very big “thank you” to the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC), TNB and all those who have contributed to make this event a success,” added Karim.
Meanwhile, Unixx HC edged Belia Git 1-0 in the rain-disrupted Men’s Open final. The match was stopped at half-time due to heavy rain and organisers had to make way for the Kuching Festival Martial Arts Display participants at the stadium.
Reunited HC blanked Stadium Hoki Sarawak 3-0 in the play-off for third and fourth placings.
In the Women’s Open, Hazicon’t All-Div outplayed Luctor Mix 6-1 to lift the title while KHC edged Tasik Biru 3-2 for the third placing.
The champions, first and second runners-up for both categories received RM1,200, RM500, RM250 along with trophies and medals.
Twenty-one teams including six women teams took part in the league from July 8 to Aug 12.
Also present at the closing ceremony were HAS deputy president Claudia Regina Janting, MHC vice president Satish Kumar, MHC technical director Terry Walsh and Sarawak Sports Corporation administrative officer Daud Aba who represented SSC CEO Dr Ong Kong Swee. -TheBorneoPost