Sarawak sending e-athletes to compete in Bukit Jalil this weekend

Snowdan (second left) and Afiq (right) handing over the Sarawak flag to the e-athletes.

KUCHING, Oct 10: The Sarawak E-sports Association (Sesa) will be sending six e-athletes to represent the state in the upcoming E-sports Championship Grand Final for two football games Fifa 2019 and Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2019 in Kuala Lumpur.

To be held on Oct 12 and 13, the championship is in conjunction with the National Sports Month, to be held at Dewan Sri Putra in Bukit Jalil there.

The six E-athletes are: for Fifa 2019 — Aidil Afiz Azri (20), Hazwan Faiq Hailwan (16), and Ammar Adi Yusoff Zulkifli (21); and for PES 2019 — Mohd Ehsan Wahab (27), Alif Zulhaikal Ashamadi (18), and Azeemaizan Othman (26).

Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan said the state government through his ministry gave assurance of its support for the state E-athletes in their endeavour to represent the state in Kuala Lumpur this weekend.

“This programme (E-sports Championship Grand Final) is a platform for local talents to hone their skills and expose them to the professional aspects of e-sports. Throughout the selection for the state since April, 192 individuals participated and only three made it to the top for Fifa 2019 and three for PES 2019,” he told reporters after the six e-athletes came to meet him at Bangunan Baitulmakmur in Petra Jaya here this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Sesa president Afiq Fadhli Narawi said the state will also be sending a team of six e-athletes from Team NKS from Bintulu to participate in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Challenge during the National Sports Month on the same days and venue.

The Team NKS representatives are Cyprian Saka Ajan (22), Iszuannul Izreen Razain (21), Muhammad Amirul Husni (22), Alex Ng Sin Fatt (15), Alexson Gendin Hu (19) and Fernando Morriantez Manggau (17).

“All in all we will be sending 12 e-athletes to represent Sarawak in Bukit Jalil this weekend, to be accompanied by five officers from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports,” said Afiq. — DayakDaily