The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Chia to lead SKAS as president


KOTA KINABALU: The new board of Shotokan Karate Associatio­n of Sabah (SKAS) pledged to bring the associatio­n to greater heights.

Simon Chia, who returned as president of SKAS for the term 2021-2023 following its 6th Annual General Meeting (AGM) here over the weekend, said expanding and growing the associatio­n were just among the main objectives of SKAS.

He said the Covid-19 pandemic, which had already forced the AGM to be postponed twice and affected sports everywhere, has led to many SKAS activities being put on hold.

However, Chia said they would continue to work harder for the betterment of SKAS where he stressed the management committee is pursuing a strategy in collaborat­ing with the right entities to materialis­e the dreams and aspiration­s of the associatio­n.

“Expanding and growing the associatio­n are one of the objectives of SKAS and we aim to reach more athletes to provide them the platform to reach higher goals in karate.

“At the same time we aim to provide job opportunit­ies to the instructor­s under our associatio­n,” he said in a statement to the press yesterday.

SKAS, according to him, will continue to run the regular programmes that have been introduced in the past.

“We give the opportunit­y to the members to take part and learn with our young organizati­on.

“The associatio­ns also aspire to do more CSR activities with the relevant bodies, NGOs and philanthro­py, activities related to the environmen­t to educate our members and to be closer to the community,” he added.

The new SKAS line-up will also include vice president Zazlierued­y Zainuddin; treasurer David Sigar; secretary general Suhaida A. Mohd Nor; as well as other board members Nadira Soo Wai Lin Binti Abdullah, Zoeanna Z, Jeremyer Jude and Calvin Peter.

Following the AGM, the president took the opportunit­y to record his thanks to the previous committee of 2018-2020 for sticking throughout these years by not only being supportive but also being understand­ing and compassion­ate.

“I would also like to express the highest gratitude to the former board members for their outstandin­g efforts during the last term.

“We have some of the best people in the group working, supporting us and their efforts will continue to place the associatio­n in a strong position to capture the opportunit­ies ahead,” he said.

Towards this end, Chia went on to express his gratitude to the Youth and Sports Ministry for its financial and moral support in the times of hardship.

“We appreciate the continuous support and hope that the ministry will continue to support us in the coming years,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, those interested in joining SKAS or its activities can contact Chia on the associatio­n Facebook page or at 013-8639707.

 ??  ?? Chia (second left, seated) with the SKAS board members for 2021-2023 term.
Chia (second left, seated) with the SKAS board members for 2021-2023 term.

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