PUTATAN – Sports promotes rapport and enhance unity.
Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan said it’s a people based activity.
“Sports has universal value as everyone can relate to the spirit of the games. This can be seen for instance in football matches where people from different status, races and background come together to support their team,” he said in his speech at the Kick Start of the Sabah Youth Council (MBS) 4th President Cup Futsal Carnival at Juara Futsal Ketiau, here today.
The 2-days tournament will see 94 teams competing for the champions’ title in a double knock-out system.
Tawfiq said that the competition is also an avenue where potential players play for the National Youth Championship that will be held later this year.
“There is no short-cut in life and if you want to be successful; determination, discipline and teamwork are the key,” he told the competitors.
“So it is my hope that all of the team that compete in this tournament showcase their talent and skills because you never know that this might be your first step to become the next Sabah football players or even representing our country,” he said.
In the men’s category, the winner will receive RM3,000 cash, challenge trophy, medals, jerseys and certificate. For the second and fourth place each will receive Rm1,000; RM500 and RM300.
Meanwhile in women’s category, the champions will take home RM2,000 cash, challenge trophy, medals, jerseys and certificate and for the second and fourth winners; they will receive cash prizes worth of RM800, RM400 and RM300 respectively. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah