Selangor Journal
The flag raising ceremony at the opening of the Malaysia Games (Sukma) 2022 at Dewan Canselor Tun Abdul Razak (Dectar), Bangi, on September 17, 2022. — Picture by BERNAMA

Fed govt channels RM50 mln for Sukma, Para Sukma

KUCHING, May 30 — The Federal government has agreed to allocate RM50 million to Sarawak for the hosting of the 2024 Malaysia Games (Sukma) and Para Sukma.

Its Youth, Sports, and Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that although the amount is less than the RM100 million it sought, Sarawak will nonetheless continue to look forward and be a good host.

“We are quite blessed because Sarawak has good coffers compared to other states. We are not complaining about the issue because, at the end of the day, what is more important is that we can be a good host and promote sports.

“The spin-off from hosting Sukma is more important to us. Can you imagine if a single person spends RM1,000 during the event? The benefit will be huge towards all industries (and economy),” he said during a press conference today.

On May 14, Karim said 24 sports facilities have been identified to be upgraded and three new ones are under construction ahead of the Sukma 2024, with the total cost at RM200 million.

The three new facilities are the Sarawak Cricket and Rugby Ground, Sarawak Wushu Training and Competition Centre, and Sarawak Sarawak Sports Village in Petra Jaya.

Sukma 2024 will be held from August 17 to August 24, involving its divisions of Kuching, Samarahan, Serian, Sri Aman, Betong, Sibu, Mukah, Bintulu and Miri.

488 events will be contested, comprising 236 men’s events, 217 women’s events, and 35 mixed events in 37 sports.

It will gather 12,619 people from various contingents, comprising 9,927 athletes and 2,692 officials.

Sukma, which was introduced in 1986, has been staged in Sarawak twice, in 1990 and in 2016.

— Bernama

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