MATUNGGONG: The Teringai Beach in Matunggong is set to be another tourism destination with the success of the Matunggong Challenge 2016 (MC 2016) held yesterday.
The challenge dubbed ‘Run for a Cause’ will be listed on the sports tourism calendar of events, the initiator of the event Dato’ Jelani Hamdan who is the Matunggong Member of Parliament.
According to him, he had communicated with Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan about the matter and the reply from the Minister was very encouraging.
“He said he would include this event as part of the State’s sport tourism and he also donated a sum of RM3000 immediately which is heart-warming. On normal occasions contribution towards events are deliberated upon by the authorities, which may take time.”
With this development, he was optimistic that this event would bring tremendous development in the Kg Teringai area sited 30 kilometres from Matunggong and the district as a whole, and further empathise its tourism potentials.
“With the long stretch of pristine white beach, the blue sea and the scenery, Teringai Beach has all the package of a tourism destination,” he shared.
On the Sports event, he said the challenge was organised in less than three weeks, after a futsal meet in Kota Kinabalu recently.
“I am very proud to say that the organisers were able to put together a sports meet at a very short time, which in some cases would take months to prepare. Although there may be some short comings but given the time frame taken in putting together this event it is still a tremendous success. Participation of athletes from various districts in the State are also very encouraging,” he said adding that participation from famous sports veterans further empathised the tremendous response to the event.
“I am sure that more participants, including from the international community will take part in this event in future, as this will be listed in the Sports Tourism Calendar of events,” Jelani who is also president of the Association of Sabah Momogun Rungus (Samora) said.
The event yesterday saw participation from about 300 enthusiasts from Ranau, Tamparuli, Beaufort, Tambunan, Kota Marudu, Kota Belud and Kudat as well as Matunggong.-Sayangsabah