Sarawak ready to host World Boxing Championship

Abdul Karim (centre) speaks during the press conference accompanied by 'Raya Emas: Salako Sacred Treasure' movie executive producer Winson Voon (left) and political secretary to Sarawak Premier, Niponi Undek, at the Borneo Cultures Museum on Feb 20, 2024.

KUCHING, Feb 20: Sarawak is ready to host the Asian World Boxing Championship (WBC), says Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development (MYSED) Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He said he has instructed Sarawak Boxing Association (SABA) president Dato Rahman Lariwoo to submit a bid for the international event to be held in Sarawak, particularly in Kuching.

“The Sarawak government – my Ministry – will give our support. Usually, international competitions like WBC would attract fans and views from all around the world.

“It is not only one match but there are different matches happening at the same time so the impact on publicity and tourism will be very good.

“MYSED is ready to assist. That is why I have tasked Rahman to bring the international tournament here and he is currently on it,” he told a press conference at Borneo Cultures Museum (BCM) here today.

Abdul Karim also congratulated Sarawakian Kilat Boy, whose real name is Daeloniel McDelon Bong, for his performance at the Path to Glory Featherweight Professional Boxing Championship in Bangladesh recently, which qualified him to compete in the WBC.

According to a report by Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) yesterday (Feb 19), Rahman informed that SABA has submitted an application to WBC on Sarawak’s request to host the international tournament and the outcome will be known latest by the end of this month.

If approved, the WBC may be held at Indoor Stadium in Petra Jaya on May 18. — DayakDaily