Sabah to send 310 member contingent to Sukma 2000-30/3/2000
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will send a 310-member strong contingent led by Chief De Mission and Permanent Secretary of the Youth, Culture and Sports Development Ministry, Noni J. Said to the 8th Malaysian Games, Sukma 2000 in Pulau Pinang from 25 May to June 3.
All athletes participating in various games including karatedo, taekwondo,weight lifting, gymnastics, bowling and soccer among others will begin a three-day centralised training at the Likas Sports Complex from May 19.
Of the 21 sports, including squash which Sabah will take part for the first time, the state contingent targets a total of 64 medals - 19 gold, 21 silver and 24 bronze.
Chief Minister Datuk Osu Hj. Sukam who received the Sukma 2000 delegation led by Pulau Pinang Deputy Chief Minister, Dato Dr. Hilmi Hj. Yahya here today, said he was satisfied with Sabah’s preparations.
The delegation is visiting Sabah to garner support for Sukma 2000.
Osu has also directed state officials to learn from Pulau Pinang’s handling of Sukma 2000 in preparation for the next games which Sabah will host in 2002.
Sabah will propose 26 sports for Sukma 2002 and plans include the upgrading of various sports facilities.
Selection and preparation of state athletes will begin right after Sukma 2000.