Sarawakian hospitality, a lasting impression as AMAC 2019 closes

Abdul Karim (left) presents the hosting icon to AMA president Viwat Vigrantanoros.

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By Malcolm Lau

KUCHING, Dec 6: Asia Masters Athletics Championship 2019 host Sarawak hopes this year’s edition will always be cherished among participating athletes and officials.

Youth and Sports Minister, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, when closing the 21st edition of the championship at Stadium Sarawak here today, expressed hope that all those involved had enjoyed the Sarawakian hospitality throughout their five-day stay in Kuching.

“We hope everyone who stayed in Kuching for the past five days have enjoyed your stay here. We hope that everyone will always remember the Sarawakian hospitality when they return to their home town.

“On behalf of the state government and its people, we would like to thank our counterparts from the World Masters Athletics, Asia Masters Athletics (AMA) and Malaysian Masters Athletics Association for giving us the honour to host this year’s event,” he said in his closing speech.

Abdul Karim hopes all participants managed to build new bond and maintain close contact with the new friends they have met in the city.

He paid tribute to all athletes, officials, volunteers and those involved for making the games a success.

“Our doors are always open for all of you to come back here, perhaps for a short holiday with family and friends,” Abdul Karim said, while making reference to the Visit Sarawak campaign launched this year.

He suggested participants to take the time and travel to other parts of Sarawak in the future.

“Sarawak is the largest state in Malaysia and it is home to so many tourist attractions. I hope some of you can stay longer and enjoy the tourist attraction and destination that Sarawak has to offer,” he said.

Indonesia will play host to the next edition scheduled for 2022. — DayakDaily