Malaysians cel­e­brate Na­tional Sports Day

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PUTRAJAYA: About 15,000 stu­dents thronged Dataran Putrajaya to cel­e­brate the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry’s fit­ness pro­gramme.

Its deputy min­is­ter Teo Nie Ching launched the pro­gramme that was held in con­junc­tion with Na­tional Sports Day.

She said the min­istry was aware of the im­por­tance of shap­ing ac­tive and healthy in­di­vid­u­als to aid in the de­vel­op­ment of a coun­try.

“The fit­ness pro­gramme en­sures that var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties are car­ried out on mul­ti­ple lev­els.

“It is also in line with the min­istry’s One Stu­dent, One Sport fit­ness pro­gramme to mo­ti­vate stu­dents to be ac­tive in sports,” she said dur­ing the launch yes­ter­day.

The Na­tional Sports Day is held on the sec­ond Satur­day of Oc­to­ber each year.

In Iskandar Puteri, In­spec­torGen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Mo­hamad Fuzi Harun said Bukit Aman will be com­ing up with a plan to en­cour­age more of­fi­cers and per­son­nel to be ac­tively in­volved in sports.

He said the po­lice have al­ways given their fo­cus and at­ten­tion to­wards sports and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties as they would al­low of­fi­cers and per­son­nel to main­tain good health.

“In the last SEA Games and Asian Games, 30 of our na­tional ath­letes came from the po­lice force, repre- sent­ing the coun­try in cy­cling, body build­ing, shoot­ing and ath­let­ics,” Mo­hamad Fuzi said af­ter launch­ing the po­lice-level Na­tional Sports Day which was held at Puteri Har­bour yes­ter­day.

In Kuala Tereng­ganu, about 12,000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the state-level cel­e­bra­tion at Batu Bu­ruk Square.

Peo­ple of all ages gath­ered at the square as early as 7am to par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties which in­clude a 5km Fun Run, e-sports and tra­di­tional games.

In Ipoh, Perak Sports Com­mit­tee chair­man Howard Lee said peo­ple could try cy­cling to work, tak­ing the stairs and also park­ing the car a bit fur­ther to walk to the of­fice to stay healthy.

“Even house­wives could do some healthy life­style ac­tiv­i­ties as part of their chores in the kitchen,” he said when open­ing the state-level Na­tional Sports Day at the state Youth and Sports Com­plex.

Keep­ing fit: Stu­dents show­ing the way to a healthy life­style dur­ing the event at Dataran Putrajaya.

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