16TH SUKMA ATTESTS STATES KEENNESS TO DEVELOP NON-POPULAR SPORTS

12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 5 (Bernama) -- The ongoing 16th Malaysia Games (Sukma) has attested state contingents keenness to develop non-popular sports, said National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong.

"Unlike before where the focus was always on popular sports such as athletics, swimming and football, we can see an increase in participation in all sports this time around.

"Athletes involvement is more subjective and they excel in team events. As for medal haul, it shows no dominance by certain contingents, rather the opportunity is wide open," he told Bernama here today.

Zolkples said while Terengganu dominated the 15th Sukma in the last three days last year, it was not the case this time around.

"Now we can see that every state has an opportunity to emerge as the overall champions," he said.

The 16th Sukma closes on Sunday, and so far, Terengganu led with 17 golds, 11 silvers and nine bronzes followed by the Federal Territories (12-11-19) and Selangor (12-10-21).

-- BERNAMA

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