Sukuma is not as popular as it was in the 90s

In the early to mid-90s, Malaysia Games (Sukma) events were highly anticipated by Malaysians.

Not only adults, but also children sat in front of the TV and eagerly watched their favorite events.

Of course, attention was focused on the short distance events, especially the men’s 100 meters (m).

Let’s mention the names of Watson Nyambek and Azmi Ibrahim. Who doesn’t know the 100m icon of Sarawak and Pahang?

The fierce competition between these two sprint champions symbolized the excellence and spirit of the country’s athletes at the time.

However, it was said that Sukuma’s popularity has declined in recent years.

Moreover, many people did not know that the 21st Sukma was held in Sarawak.

Not only that, social media surveys show that not many people are talking about Sukma this time around, let alone “fighting” over which state has won the most medals.

Even more disappointing is that two events, women’s futsal and women’s 10m diving, had to be excluded from this year’s Sukuma tournament due to a lack of participants.

This is because, according to existing regulations, a sporting event must be hosted by at least six competing countries.

Despite this, Sukma’s organization is still considered relevant and competitive in developing the best performing grassroots athletes in the country’s sport.

The success of several young athletes representing their respective states in breaking national records has proven that they are capable of achieving higher levels of performance.

Sukma was first organized in Kuala Lumpur in 1986 and was seen as a platform to discover new talent to represent the country at the international level.

To reignite public interest in Sukuma, many things need to be improved, including adjusting the schedule to allow more people to attend competition venues during the championship.

Therefore, in the next edition, the organizers needed to promote Sukma more actively to make it a sporting event that Malaysians look forward to like it was in the 90s.

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