Call for Sarawak bodybuilders to join Mr Kenyalang 2018

Chia (sixth right) and his SDBWA team holding publicity material promoting the event in this photo-call taken after the meeting.

SIBU, Nov 2: Bodybuilding enthusiasts and buffs are in for a treat as the second Mr Kenyalang bodybuilding championship is set to return on November 17.

Sibu Division Bodybuilding and Weightlifting Association (SDBWA) president Chia Soon Seong in a press statement said this year marks the second edition of the bodybuilding and physique championships that cater specifically for Sarawak athletes.

“We hosted the first event last year, which received an encouraging response from many parties.

“We strive to make Mr Kenyalang our annual signature event — one that unearths potential bodybuilding talents and also highlights the present line-up of Sarawak athletes,” he said.

“We welcome all Sarawak bodybuilding fans to come and support the contestants,” added Chia.

Mr Kenyalang 2018 is supported by Sarawak Bodybuilding Association (SBBA) as its technical advisor and Borneo Bodybuilding Supplement (BBS) as its key sponsor.

The championships comprise the bodybuilding category, which has two weight divisions — 70kg and Under, and 70.1kg and Above; and physique category, with two height divisions — 170cm and Under, 171cm and Above.

Registration fee is RM50 per bodybuilding contestant, and RM30 per physique contestant. Only Sarawakians or Malaysians who have been living in Sarawak for more than one year are eligible to compete.

The contestants must also be those who have never taken part in any competition that is not sanctioned by the SDBWA, SBBA, or the Malaysian Bodybuilding Federation (MBBF).

“Sarawak-born athletes who are residing outside Sarawak are also eligible provided that they have never participated in events not sanctioned by SBBA or MBBF,” added Chia.

Chia shows the Mr Kenyalang 2018 poster.

The weigh-in and height measurement sessions will take place inside the meeting room on Level 2 of Kingwood Hotel, also on Nov 17, running from 9.30am to 11.30am.

The bodybuilding champions will each win a cash prize of RM2,500 and a trophy, while the respective runners-up will get RM1,500, RM1,000, RM500 and RM300.

The physique champions will each win RM2,000 and a trophy, with the respective runners-up to receive RM1,000, RM500, RM250 and RM150.

All top contestants will also take home medals and hampers of supplements.

Moreover, all category winners will vie for the Champion of Champions titles, which offer another RM300 cash prize for the bodybuilding category, and RM200 for the physique category.

The main event will be held at Kingwood Hotel, Level 5, and Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh has been invited as the distinguished guest-of-honour to officiate at the opening ceremony, scheduled to commence at 3pm. Entrance is free.

For registration and other enquiries call Chia at 016-886 1015 for Sibu and the central region, SBBA secretary Andy Ismail at 012-886 2220 (for Kuching, Sri Aman and southern region), or Miri Division Bodybuilding Association president Cheyenne Muris at 016-8525 161 (for Miri, Bintulu and the northern region). — DayakDaily