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108 extreme athletes participate in tournament

CROSS-FIT EXTREME ACTION SPORT … Phoong (second right), and the winners of the Men's Open RX category.

23rd July, 2019


KOTA KINABALU: A total of 108 extreme athletes took part in the Borneo Pangazou 2019 Functional Athletics Tournament held at the Likas Sports Complex, here, last weekend.

The tournament was hosted by Sabah Functional Athletics Society (SFAS), endorsed by the Sabah Ministry of Youth and Sports, and organised in collaboration with the Sabah Department of Health.

Borneo Pangazou is a cross-fit extreme action sport as the word Pangazou means brave warrior in the local language of the Kadazandusun tribe of North Borneo Sabah.

It was the tournament’s fifth edition organised by SFAS where participants from neighbouring countries such as Brunei, Singapore and Thailand as well as locally from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia took part.

Around eight categories were contested namely Men and Women Advanced, Men and Women Intermediate, Men and Women Masters above 35 years’ old, and Men and Women Senior Masters above 50 years’ old.

The inclusion of Senior Masters category proves that Functional Athletics can be done by people from all walks of life, fitness level and age, said an organising spokesperson in a statement, yesterday.

The Titular Pangazou men’s champion was Matt Cass, an American residing in Thailand while women’s champion was Shamala from Kota Kinabalu.

State Youth and Sports Minister, Phoong Jin Zhe graced the closing ceremony before proceeding to present the winners with their cash prizes, medals, sponsored equipment and goodies.

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