18th March, 2017
By UMESH RAJAN
KOTA KINABALU: The University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Sports Carnival held in conjunction with the launch of the institute’s inaugural Road to World Cup 2018 football tournament will offer international students the opportunity to compete in a healthy and competitive environment.
Among the international participating nations are Federation (a mix of African and Southeast Asian nations), China, India, Brunei, Indonesia, Timor Leste and Malaysia.
UMS Vice Chancellor, Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Harun Abdullah said the carnival which was officiated last night at the UMS Stadium could be a good platform for the university’s students to come together outside of academic classes.
He added that to meet such an objective, UMS is constantly upgrading its facilities so that everyone on campus can have free access to the best sporting facilities in a conducive and friendly environment.
“We began these upgrading works since 2015 which includes the FIFA approved artificial football field which was completed in October last year,” said Harun, who is pleased to see the involvement of international students in the Road to World Cup tournament.
He also announced plans to upgrade the university’s running track next year and he also hoped that all UMS students and residents would make full use of the sporting facilities to their advantage.
Meanwhile, around 1,000 students will take part in the Sports Carnival where Harun said that it was crucial for students to stay fit and healthy, including helping to produce bright minds for the future development of the state and country.
Among the competitions taking place in April and May are football, futsal, sepak takraw, volleyball and basketball as well as netball, handball, badminton, table tennis, tennis and chess.
There are also other events being organised such as sports for the masses, Sioknya Futsal tournament, athletics, and other indoor sports.
Also present at the ceremony were football legends Datuk James Wong and Datuk Hassan Sani as well as Indonesian Consulate Akhmad Daya Handasah Irfan and Brunei Consulate Pengiran Nooriyah Yussof.