Chief Minister’s Cup attracts 200 junior tennis players from 26 countries

Abang Johari (fourth from right) presenting the CM Cup to Liew, after the courtesy call at the Chief Minister’s Office.

KUCHING, Oct 16: The stage is set for the 32nd Sarawak Chief Minister’s Cup ITF Junior Circuit (Grade 3) tournament at the Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association (SLTA) Centre here from Oct 16-21.

About 200 junior tennis players from 26 countries, including Australia, China, France, Great Britain, the United States, India, Japan and South Korea, Indonesia and Sweden, would be competing.

Indonesian top seed and world’s number 106 Girls Junior ITF ranking, Nugroho Priska Madelyn, and Boys Junior ITF world’s number 111 Eric Vaneshelboim of Ukraine are among the top players to watch in this circuit.

The home nation, with a strong contingent of 33 players, will be led by Sabahan Christian Didier Chin, currently ranked 176.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg handed the CM Cup to an SLTA delegation who paid a courtesy call on him at his office in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) complex.

Association president Dato Patrick Liew received the cup on behalf of SLTA.

Earlier, the chief minister received a courtesy call from members of the Sarawak branch of Lembaga Pengelola Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), led by its chairman, Prof Dr Mohd Hatta Shaharom.

In the morning Abang Johari, who is also Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) chairman, chaired a BDA board meeting at his office.

Completing the chief minister’s busy schedule today, he also received visitors from Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) led by its chairman Datuk Peter Minos.

Abang Johari (centre), flanked by Peter (on Abang Johari’s right) and Dr Sim, poses with the MPKS delegates.

The visit was to invite Abang Johari for the council’s second anniversary dinner on Nov 11 at Kota Samarahan.

Peter expressed content that the chief minister had approved funds to install traffic lights at three critical roundabouts in Kota Samarahan, thus helping to reduce the perennial and heavy traffic jams in the area.

“MPKS is greatly relieved and so are the local residents,” he added.

Accompanying the delegation was Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian. — DayakDaily