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300 muay thai fighters gunning for glory

27th February, 2020

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: Around 300 muay thai fighters from Sabah, Sarawak, Labuan, Kuala Lumpur and Peninsular Malaysia will be contesting for glory in their respective categories as the Sabah Muay Thai Championship starts this weekend.

The tournament is organised by Sabah Muay Thai Association (SMTA) and scheduled to take place at 1Borneo Hypermall, near here from February 27 until March 1.

Tournament Director cum SMTA head coach, Cyrille Dhillon Tahing announced that a total of 80 events will be contested throughout the tournament such as the Elite Open (above 18 years) and Junior Divisions of various age groups for both boys and girls.

“Sabah’s muay thai Sukma team have confirmed that most of their current and back-up athletes are participating in the tournament as the athletes are eager to showcase their skills to make it into the Johor Sukma Games final squad.

“Besides Sabah, other states such as Negeri Sembilan, Sarawak and Kuala Lumpur also sent their Sukma Games teams to compete this weekend as part of their warm-up tournament,” he said when contacted on Thursday.

Cyrille added that the tournament’s objective is to provide the opportunity for the state Sukma Games short-listed athletes to test their current ability or physical preparations before making the cut into the final Sukma Games squad.

Meanwhile, SMTA President, Ir Hj Nazri Abdul Razak, who is also the tournament’s organising chairman, welcomes all competing teams from both inside and outside Sabah.

He also took the opportunity to thank 1Borneo Hypermall, Milo, Dihnar Group, Sabah Education Department and other sponsors for giving priceless support to SMTA to organise such a prestigious tournament.

“Hopefully, with both the State Youth and Sports Ministry and Sabah Sports Council (MSN) behind our back, SMTA will be able to continuously organise big muay thai events here in Sabah.

“Furthermore, I believe that from organising such tournaments, we are able to discover some hidden talents among the new faces who one day could represent Sabah as well as Malaysia at a higher level.

“Towards this end, SMTA will continue to maintain its athletes’ growth by giving them the chance to compete in various tournaments in order to gain the valuable experience required for the athletes to develop even further,” he said.

   
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