Sarawak to host annual Malaysia YoYo championships
Sarawak is all set to host the the Malaysia YoYo Championship for the first time.
The 11th edition of the competition to be held at Plaza Merdeka from June 3 to 5 is jointly organised by Sport Club Yo-Blitz Kuching and Persatuan Rakan Bestnye Sarawak.
“Sport Club Yo-Blitz Kuching has been trying to bring the Malaysia YoYo Championship here for years,” said Yo-Blitz Kuching chairman Ryan Han. “After receiving positive feedback from the Malaysia YoYo Association, we finally got their approval to make our dream a reality to organise it here this year.”
They are aiming to recruit about 100 yoyo enthusiasts and players for the competition that has been held annually in Kuala Lumpur from 2005 to 2015.
Social Development (Youth) Assistant Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the ministry and government would give its full support to make the event a success.
“Yoyo is a very interesting sport that increasingly attracts the interests of the youngsters today. This competition would be a very good platform to further promote the sport and get more youths to get involved in such healthy activity,” he said in a press conference held at the ministry’s office at Wisma Sultan Tengah on January 15.
Abdul Karim added that the ministry and government will give full backing for the sport, not just for the sake of the competition, but also to ensure that the sport gets to be included as part of co-curriculum activity in schools.
“We will try our best to set up yoyo clubs in schools around Kuching as a start.
“With the help of yoyo professionals here, giving demonstrations on ways to play yoyo in schools, we hope to be able to attract the interest of students and yoyo enthusiasts. Hopefully if we can gather many yoyo enthusiasts we can also organise an interschool yoyo competition by the end of this year,” he said.
On the amount of monetary assistance for the competition, Abdul Karim said that he would announce it after their first meeting with the ministry and commit to the amount to be given out to the club to make the competition a success.
Sport Club Yo-Blitz Kuching was registered under ROS since 2014 and has been sending yoyo players and representatives from Sarawak to the Malaysia YoYo Championship every year since 2008.
In 2010, Yo-Blitz became active in organising yo-yo contests independently at the state level at district, city and state championships.
On their future plan, Ryan added, “We are also planning to organise bigger events in the future, including the Asia Pacific YoYo Championship, which is always held in Singapore, here next year.
“It is hoped through such event we will be able to attract international participants from Singapore, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan just to name a few.”
Main organiser and committee member for Asia Pacific YoYo Championship Roy Teo from Singapore is expected to attend the upcoming Malaysia YoYo Championship to evaluate the event and become of the judges.
Among the divisions competing in the Malaysia YoYo Championship 2016 include 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 3D blindfold, women, artistic performance, junior, and champion of champions.
“The winner for this Malaysia YoYo Championship will represent Malaysia in the upcoming Asia Pacific YoYo Championship to be held in Singapore in July and will then battle it out with yoyo professionals from all over the world representing Asia at the World Yo-Yo Contest to be held in Cleveland in August this year,” he added.
Those interested to compete can register at the Malaysia YoYo Championship 2016 event page on Facebook and there is no age limit to participate. The closing date for submissions of entries will be a week before the actual day of the event.
For more information, contact the organiser at 016-8845244 or 016-8930618. Alternatively, log on to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SportClubYoBlitzKuching.