KUCHING: The Sarawak Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2015/2016 will be announced at the Sports Awards presentation to be officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg on September 2.
Names like swimmer Welson Sim Wee Sheng, sprinters Jonathan Nyepa and Nixson Kennedy or wushu exponent Loh Jack Chang are among the favourites to win the most prized trophy for the Sportsman of the Year Award.
As for the sportswomen, taekwondo exponent Nurul Nur Hafizza Mahdi, diver Pandelela Rinong and swimmer Erika Kong Chia Chia will vie for the Awards.
Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, speaking to reporters after chairing the final meeting of the Sports Awards organising committee today, said there will be 16 categories of awards to be the presented.
“We want to show our appreciation to athletes who excelled in their field, either at the state, national or international levels,” he said.
“Of course, we will not forget the achievements of para-athletes as they too will be awarded that night,” he said.
He said contribution of sports reporters and photographers to the development of sports through their articles and photographs will also be awarded that night.
Apart from the Sportsman of the Year and the Sportswoman of the Year, there will also be the Most Promising Sportsman and Most Promising Sportswoman Awards, Sports Leader of the Year Award, Sports Association of the Year Award, Sports Coach of the Year Award and Best Team of the Year Awards for men and women.
Karim said the award secretariat has received 160 entries for the various awards from registered sports associations.
Out of the total, 76 entries consisting of 49 for men and 27 are eligible for judging by the scrutinising committee.
Meanwhile, Karim said 52 athletes from Sarawak have been selected to represent Malaysia in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games which kicks off this Saturday.
“I am glad that diver Pandelela Rinong has been included. Her name was missing from the list earlier,” he said.
Among those present at the press conference were Sports and Youth Assistant Minister Snowdan Lawan, Permanent Secretary to Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry Datuk Ik Pahon Joyik and State Sports Corporation chief executive officer Dr Ong Kong Swee. – dayakdaily.com