One of the sports that is currently being promoted is Karate with a City Day Open 2015 being held here presently.
The event launched at Kinabalu Community Centre, today saw participations from five overseas teams including France, Nigeria, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines and Indonesia as well as Malaysia.
President of Hiroshi Karate School in Indonesia, Barnabas Ricky Budi Kusumo said that they came to Sabah every year except for last year tournament.
He emphasised that they could foster rapport and friendship with Sabah Karate athletes by joining the Karate event in Sabah.
“We will also be inviting Sabah Karate athletes to join our Karate championship in Indonesia, next year. Sabahans are friendly and their food is almost similar to us,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Sabah Sports Board, Datuk Louis Rampas said that Sabah Karate athletes could also learn new skills from other state and overseas athletes.
“Now, Sabah karate has the great opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge from other teams in Peninsular and also overseas athletes. I hope all the athletes will make use of this once in a year opportunity, “he said.
According to Deputy Director-General (Corporate) Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK), Bahari Hassan, Karate sport would also foster goodwill and friendship other than tourism.
“The involvement of participants from outside Sabah in the tournament is an indication that sport has a vital role in fostering goodwill and friendship among the participants, other than promoting tourism between the participating states and countries at the same time.”
“Indirectly, the Kota Kinabalu Karate City Day Open 2015 provided athletes and their family members the opportunity to travel to Kota Kinabalu City, a gateway to many interesting places in Sabah,” he said.- By Saila Saidie/Sayangsabah.