21st March, 2017
By UMESH RAJAN
KOTA KINABALU: A total of 24 teams consisting of 15 boys’ teams and nine girls’ teams are competing in the ongoing 48th Sabah Junior Basketball Championship being held at Datuk Seri Panglima Antanom Hall in Tenom from March 18 to 24.
The seven-day championship’s opening ceremony was officiated by State Police Commissioner, Datuk Ramli Din who said in his speech that the championship as well as sports in general can be a good platform to integrate the country’s 1Malaysia concept.
“Personally, I feel very proud that the characteristic of this tournament is to meet the government’s intention in creating a community based on the concept of 1Malaysia.
“I can see by the participation of teams that are competing in this prestigious championship shows that basketball is no longer shackled or enthused by Chinese players, but also enthused by all people of various races.
“So with that, I hope this tournament will be the best platform for integrating various ethnic groups into one nation with pride, unity and harmony,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Sabah Basketball Association (Saba) president, Phan Chee Yong thanked Ramli for supporting the championship by providing several police officers to ensure the championship progresses as smoothly as possible while at the same time thanked all the sponsors and volunteers for helping out the organisers.
Also present at the opening ceremony were Tenom District Officer Madiyem Layappan, Tenom Police Chief DSP Mohd Firdaus Francis Abdullah, Tenom Basketball Association advisor Chong Vun Kiong and its president Kenny Yong as well as the championship’s organising chairman Chu Cheong Sin.