Najib wishes all the best for athletes competing at Sukma 2016

special projection when Taib declares the Games open.

The special projection when Taib declares the Games open.

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday wished the best of luck to all athletes competing at the 18th edition of Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Sarawak.

In his latest posting on Facebook and Twitter, the prime minister said he hoped all the athletes would compete with one another with high level of sportsmanship.

“To the athletes from all the participating states, go on and compete with a full spirit of sportsmanship. May the best athletes succeed. I wish you all the best,” he said.

Sukma, which is being held from July 22 to 31, will see 19 sports being contested in Kuching and Samarahan,

while Sibu would host the badminton and volley ball events, and Miri the venue for karate, sepak takraw and yachting events.

The opening ceremony of the games at Stadium Sarawak in Kuching last night, which was graced by Yang Di-pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, featured more than 3,000 performers turning the pitch into a giant LED screen. Local artistes, including Hafiz and Bob, Miss World 2014 participant and model Dewi Liana Seriestha, and talented violinist Nisa Adina, performed at the ceremony.

As at yesterday, Federal Territory is at the top spot in the medals table with 12 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze medals, followed by Selangor (11-19-19) and Sarawak (11-7-13). — Bernama