Inaugural Borneo Robotic Lego Football Competition attracts 40 teams

SMK Chung Hua Miri robotic team members show Lee (right) how their robots work.

MIRI: More than 40 teams will compete in the inaugural Borneo International Invitation Robot Football 2019 (Robotic Lego Football Competition) from April 11-13 at Bintang Megamall Miri.

The competition from 9am-9pm will see teams from Malaysia (32), Taiwan (nine), Vietnam (two), Thailand (four), China (one) and Russia (two).

Speaking to reporters after chairing the competition’s organising committee meeting at SMK Chung Hua Miri yesterday, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin said the decision to hold the competition in Borneo was made after receiving a proposal from the school.

“SMK Chung Hua Miri took part in World Robotic Competition last year in Chiang Mai, Thailand where they finished second runner-up.

“Upon their return, they proposed for the competition be held here and invitation was extended to contacts that they had made when taking part in past competition.

“We fully support this proposal to promote digital development and robotic interest among schoolchildren. I see this is as one way to stimulate young minds to be innovative and creative especially in electronics and information technology fields,” he said.

Lee explained further that the competition is also a tourism event where participants, accompanying parents and teachers from other countries and from within Malaysia will be able to visit and promote the city.

“After the competition, the participants will be taken for a tour of the city and Niah Caves to be hosted by Sarawak Tourism Board (STB),” he said adding that the Education Department has sent invitation to primary and secondary schools in Miri to witness the competition.

Jointly organised by the state Ministry of Tourism, Art, Culture, Youth and Sports, SMK Chung Hua Miri and Sasbadi Holdings Berhad, the competition is fully supported by Ministry of Education.

The opening ceremony will be on April 12 at Bintang Megamall while the closing will be on April 13 at Meritz Hotel Miri.

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