Friday, December 10, 2010

Sukma 2011 To Feature Only Selective Sports

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) -- The 2011 SUKMA is expected to feature only selected sports and organised by the National Sports Council (NSC) on a smaller scale, involving about 2,500 to 3,500 athletes.

NSC's Sports Management division director Abdul Jalil Abdullah said the SUKMA would be held at the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil from May 28 to June 11 and feature between 19 to 25 sports.

"It will be more like a mini Olympics that was organised in 2008 by NSC and will not involve a big budget. The number and type of sports will be decided by the SUKMA Supreme Council," he told Bernama here Friday.

Among the selection of sports are baseball, netball, basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball, equestrian, petanque, golf, judo, kabaddi, canoe, cricket, fencing, rowing, table tennis, rugby, silambam, snooker & billiards, softball, tennis, boxing, handball, woodball, synchronized swimming and water polo.

The Cabinet Committee for Sports Development (CabComm) had in May approved the staging of SUKMA yearly instead of every two years.

Abdul Jalil said when the NSC hosts the SUKMA every alternate year, it will only feature selective sports while the SUKMA hosted by the states would feature 19 compulsory sports and five selective sports.

Among the compulsory sports swimming, diving, badminton, football, hockey, gymnastics, athletics, squash, tenpin bowling, weightlifting, cycling, karate, lawn bowls, archery, shooting, sailing, silat, sepak takraw, taekwondo and wushu.

In 2012, Pahang will host the SUKMA and Abdul Jalil felt the state would require a big budget as compared with Melaka because Pahang already had good sports facilities and infrastructure, especially after having hosted the 1996 SUKMA.

"The NSC always urge the states to organise the SUKMA to their best financial capability and not spend heavily for infrastructure that will later become white elephants," he said.

-- BERNAMA

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