UKM Sends Largest Sports Squad Ever, Set Sights For Six Best Places at MASUM Carnival 2015
By Asmahanim Amir
Pix Shahiddan Saidi
BANGI, 27 July 2015 – The National University of Malaysia (UKM) intends to occupy the six top positions at the Malaysian University Sports Council (MASUM) Carnival 2015 held at University Technology Malaysia (UTM), Skudai from July 28 until August 7, 2015.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni), Prof Datin Dr Noor Aziah Mohd Awal said the objectives based were based on consistency of performance target in sports events.
“For this year’s MASUM, UKM sent 14 teams of 182 athletes, the largest ever.
“ In past times we sent teams with the potential to win, but this time we give opportunities to new teams that have been enthusiastic and shown the right spirit to participate in MASUM,” Prof Noor Aziah told the UKM News portal after handing over of the flag to the UKM Sports Contingent for the MASUM 2015 Carnival here on July 24, 2015.
She reminded athletes to be ever ready and enthusiastic so that they will be able to produce excellent results and make the University proud.
“I hope athletes will maintain their discipline and have high integrity in any event and can bring back medals,” she urged them.
Meanwhile, Director of the Sport Centre, Dr Tajul Arifin Muhamad said every athlete selected had shown consistency at the Higher Education Institutions Sports (SUKIPT) meet 2014 and MASUM Championship 2014.
“We don’t take part in this competition solely to win but to strengthen cooperation between universities because the tournament is regarded as a great meeting for public universities throughout the country.
UKM has its work cut out for it when it takes on the other universities in 14 events such as cycling, netball, handball, chess, woodball, Sepak Takraw, swimming, taekwondo, softball (men’s), Futsal (men’s), Pétanque, volleyball (men’s and women’s), Pencak Silat and rugby.
A total of 27 officials will accompany the athletes headed by Prof Noor Aziah as Chef De Mission.