KOTA KINABALU: Some 187 athletes from 16 combined associations of the Malaysian Weightlifting Association are joining the National Weightlifting Competition 2015.
The four day sports event will be held from 15 to 18 December and participants will be contesting in the Open, and Youth categories.
Sabah Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Haji Tawfiq DSO Hj. Abu Bakar Titingan, said the event is one of the platform to improve athletes’ performances and prepare them for the biggest sports games in the region, the SEA Games.
“Malaysia will be hosting the SEA Games in 2017, and I hope that the Malaysian Weightlifting Association will double their efforts and increase their athletes’ performances,” he said.
He also said the competition is a preparation for the next Malaysia Games (SUKMA) in Kuching, Sarawak, next year.
Tawfiq was speaking when launching the sports event at Event Hall Star City, Asia City, Kota Kinabalu. –SayangSabah