|Karim (fifth left), Fatimah (sixth left), SM Nasarudin (fourth left) and others during the unveiling of the logo and mascot for the two major events to be held in Kuching next year.|
KUCHING: Sports tourism will get a major boost next year when Sarawak play host to the World Para Swimming Championships and the Asia Masters Athletics Championships.
Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah, who launched the two events at Riverside Majestic Hotel here yesterday, said both championships will coincide with Visit Sarawak Year (VSY) 2019.
He added that Kuching will make history as the first city in Asia to host the World Para Swimming Championships from July 29 to Aug 4. The event, which will be held at the Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre, is expected to attract 800 athletes and 400 officials from 80 countries. It will also boost Malaysia’s image in the promotion of inclusiveness and equality.