Minister laud friendly games to promote sports tourism

Minister laud friendly games to promote sports tourism

KUCHING – Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, YB Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah had commended the organising of friendly matches between local sports fraternity and their foreign counterparts which will promote sports tourism.

This was mentioned in his text of speech read by Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports, YB Datuk Snowdan Lawan who represented the minister during the welcoming dinner and prize presentation ceremony for the recent friendly football match between Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC) and Jin Jiu Football Club from Beijing, China.

The minister also expressed the opportunities to host visiting sports clubs from foreign countries had enabled Sarawak to share ideas and experience in sports thus helping to strengthen the state’s sports quality.

“By having an international friendly football match, we are actually promoting Sarawak’s sports tourism. I hope that more tourists from China would visit the state,” said Yb Datuk Snowdan who congratulated Jin Jiu for the 6-3 victory over their local opponents.

Also present during the function were China’s deputy consulate general in Sarawak, Mr Zhang Yang, permanent secretary to state’s Ministry of International Trade and e-Commerce Kameri Affendi, acting permanent secretary to state’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Desmond Douglas Jerukan, Sarawak Police Commissioner, ACP Abang Ahmad Abang Julai, Lea Sports Centre Sdn Bhd managing director Raymond Sim and SSC Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ong Kong Swee. (Photo credit: The Borneo Post)