Gearing Up for Sukma

The official logo, mascot and theme song of the 2018 Malaysia Games (Sukma) were unveiled during a lively launch on Saturday, January 20 at the Amanjaya roundabout.

The official mascot is a “seladang” (wildebeest) named “Chor” while the official theme song was created and performed live by veteran composer Datuk Wah Idris. The logo consists of two elements – human, symbolising athletes’ passion and sportsmanship and the wave representing Perak River, the second longest river in Peninsular Malaysia.

Running on the slogan “WOW! Kita Hebat!” (Wow, We are the Best), the ceremony highlighted the official social media platforms of the 19th Sukma Games – Facebook: ‘SUKMA PERAK 2018’, Instagram: ‘SUKMA_PERAK2018’ and Twitter: ‘@sukmaperak2018’.

“Perak is creating history as the games will be held all over the state encompassing all 12 districts. Thus, each district will be able to feel the Sukma atmosphere. To be held from September 12 to 22, the biannual event will see up to 11,000 athletes and officials participating in 369 events in 26 sports. We’re expecting some 3000 volunteers,” said Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

“Don’t just be good, be the best!” he extolled, quoting Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba. Perak hosted Sukma for the first time back in 1994.

Present were Datuk M. Saravanan, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports; Dato’ S. Thangasvari, Perak state assembly speaker; Dato’ Shahrul Zaman Yahya, Executive Councillor for Human Resource, Youth and Sports; Dato’ Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan, the state secretary and Mayor Dato’ Zamri bin Man.

Some of the activities held to enliven the occasion were a drone performance, auto show, street soccer and netball matches. The evening ended with Zambry flagging off the “WOW! Kita Hebat!” bicycle ride.

Mei Kuan

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