The 6th edition of the biennial Sukan Perak was declared open by His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah on March 15 at Stadium Indera Mulia, Ipoh. The state-level championship is organised by the Perak Sports Council in collaboration with the state sports associations and government agencies. Besides the 10 participating districts, contingents from UiTM Seri Iskandar, Politeknik Ungku Omar, Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman, and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, were invited to participate. Some 3,000 athletes compete for 829 medals in 11 sports from March 11 to 19.
Josephine Mary, a former national athlete, was given the honour to light the games’ torch while Perak triple jump champion, Mohd Hakimi Ismail led in the oath-taking ceremony.
To add fanfare to the night, Adam of the Akademi Fantasia fame, belted several songs while a 70-strong dance troupe performed traditional dances to the delight of the many on-lookers.
“Each district will host one sport in the form of a carnival,” said Dato’ Zainol Fadzi Paharuddin, the executive councillor for Culture, Youth and Sports. “This new format is in accordance with the Malaysian Games format.” Previously, the championship was hosted by a single district. This is an effort by the sports council to improve sports facilities in the districts.
The primary objective of the games is to uncover new talents to represent Perak at the June Malaysian Games in Kuala Lumpur. Dato’ Zainol Fadzi encouraged the young athletes to be committed in their sport of choice. He hoped sports will be a medium to unite the people of Perak in tandem with the 1Malaysia concept.