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UMP targets more gold medals in MASUM 2017

Kuantan, 7 July - A total of 240 Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) athletes would be participating in the Sports Carnival of the Malaysian University Sports Council or Karnival Sukan Majlis Sukan Universiti Malaysia 2017 (MASUM) held from 8th until 22nd of July, 2017 at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi.

In this championship, UMP athletes would participate in 15 events: basketball, rugby, volleyball, tenpin bowling, sepak takraw, taekwando, swimming, athletics, karate, lawn bowl, tennis, netball, hand ball, archery and chess.

The flag-giving cermenoy was graced by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs & Alumni) of UMP, Professor Dato’ Dr. Yuserrie Zainuddin who handed the flag to the head of the contingent, Mohd Azharishah Satar,  in an event that took place at the Sports Complex Arena at UMP Gambang Campus.  In his speech, Professor Dato’ Dr. Yuserrie Zainuddin said that with such high level of sportsmanship, UMP would be able to compete well in the carnival and maintain the good image and reputation of the university.

“I hope that all members of our contingent will make the best of this opportunity to achieve success in the respective sport events. The high momentum gained during the training in the recent fasting month should be maintained in the championship. We are confident that such high spirit and hard work will pay off,” he said.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor also reminded everyone that even though winning and losing would always be part the game, all athletes should respond to the challenge by giving their best commitment throughout the championship. Professor Dato’ Dr. Yuserrie Zainuddin also hoped that UMP athletes would try their best in developing their character through good sportsmanship.

In addition, the top management of UMP extended their gratitude and appreciation to students who had sacrificed their semester break in order to bring glory to the University and wished them success.

Meanwhile, the Director of the Centre for Sports and Culture of UMP, Mr Abd Rahman bin Hj Safie said that the carnival would foster a sense of camaraderie and friendship among university students from all over the country. He added that sports would become the platform that could help the aim of UMP, with a target six gold medals, to create a generation of talented and competitive students, become a reality.

Accordng to the head of the contingent Mohd Azharishah Satar Fauzi Musa who was also a UMP participant in athletics, led the UMP athletes in taking the oath and hoped that their return would be accompanied by gold medals and bring glory to the University.

The second day of the MASUM Sports Carnival saw UMP occupying the third place with 11 gold medals won by Alex Tiong Sie Hung who excelled in swimming. Alex also bagged home one silver and three bronze medals. Taekwando added to the number of medals after Cheong Pui Kei won a silver medal in the Taekwando (Poomse) category and another two bronze medals won by Anati Abdullah in the Bantam and Hannan Zamri in the Fin categories, respectively.