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Ministry to ramp up grassroots sports development: Ellron
Published on: Thursday, November 02, 2023
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Ministry to ramp up grassroots sports development: Ellron
Ellron (third left) gives a thumbs up after presenting the Best Sports Association Award to Sabah Karate Association represented by its secretary general Julian Chin (second right).
Kota Kinabalu: The State Youth and Sports Ministry (KBSS) continues to intensify the development of sports to the grassroots through organising sports events at various levels.

Its Minister Datuk Ellron Angin said that among the proudest successes over the past two years through this effort was becoming the overall champion at the 8th Para Sukma Games in Kuala Lumpur last year.

“The State contingent not only exceeded the target of 40 gold medals but also showed greatness by winning 54 gold, 36 silver and 35 bronze medals.

“At the 2022 Games, our athletes recorded an increase in the achievement of 18 gold medals compared to the 2018 Games in Perak, where at that time Sabah emerged as overall runner-up.

“The 31st SEA Games 2021 which was postponed to 2022 in Hanoi, Vietnam, Sabah athletes managed to win four gold, four silver and 11 bronze medals for the Malaysian contingent.

“While at the 11th Asean Para Games in Surakarta, Indonesia, last year, our athletes managed to bring home 8 gold medals and 1 silver medal.

“In addition, during the 20th Sukma in Kuala Lumpur last year, the Sabah contingent managed to bring home 30 gold, 29 silver and 39 bronze medals to remain in 6th place out of a total of 15 teams that competed,” he said at the Sabah Sports Awards 2021-2022 ceremony in conjunction with the 70th Anniversary Celebration of the Sabah Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin here on Tuesday night.

Ellron said to ensure the continuation of these successes, KBSS is also running a collaboration programme with Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) as an effort to produce high-quality athletes who are able to contribute medals for the national contingent through a science and technology approach.

“Today, we do not solely rely on routine training efforts to become champions, but science and technology services are seen to have become a very important element of sports development and have been proven to be effective.

“My Ministry has also established a training centre at Sabah Malaysia Sports School in our approach to ensure that Sabah continues to produce potential athletes who are capable of representing the State and the country,” he said.

In the ceremony attended by Juhar and his wife Toh Puan Norlidah R.M Jasni, a total of 14 sports awards were presented to the recipients who have made the State and the country famous in various sports events that were contested throughout the year 2021 to 2022.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister II and Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Joachim Gunsalam who represented the Chief Minister, Sabah State Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Kadzim M Yahya and his wife Datin Seri Noraini Salleh and State Assistant Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Fairuz Renddan.

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