The Borneo Post

Miri vis­i­tors play pick­le­ball with SSC club

- Cindy Lai

MIRI: The Sarawak Sports Cor­po­ra­tion Pick­le­ball Club (SSCPC) played its sec­ond friendly match this year last Sun­day at Cen­der­awaseh Bad­minton Hall in Kuch­ing. They faced a team from Miri.

The club started in Dec 2019 af­ter Sukan Sarawak with mem­bers com­pris­ing Sport De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cers who are ac­tively in­volved in var­i­ous pro­grammes to pro­mote the sport.

Ac­cord­ing to Ah­mad Rod­zli Hashim who is head of sport de­vel­op­ment divi­sion of SSC, the club is plan­ning to or­gan­ise tour­na­ments.

“We have been prac­tis­ing reg­u­larly and have con­stantly seen in­creas­ing new mem­bers from other di­vi­sions, hence, the plan,” he said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

In the pipe­line are pick­le­ball demon­stra­tion ses­sions and work­shops to stu­dents in schools and ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions to at­tract more new play­ers.

“On top of that, the club aims to or­gan­ise the first state com­pe­ti­tion within the next cou­ple of years,” he said.

Pick­le­ball was in­vented in the United States in 1965. It com­bines bad­minton, ten­nis and ta­ble-ten­nis and is played on the bad­minton court in­door and out­door.

In Malaysia the sport is cur­rently played in Miri, Kuch­ing, Sibu, Kuala Lumpur, Jo­hor and Serem­ban.

The Malaysia Pick­le­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (MPA), which is based in Miri, is an af­fil­i­ate mem­ber of Asia Fed­er­a­tion of Pick­le­ball (AFP) and the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Pick­le­ball (IFP).

There are cur­rently 11 Pick­le­ball World Am­bas­sadors in Malaysia who are ap­pointed by IFP to pro­mote the sport to be­gin­ners.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.face­­apick­le­ball.

 ??  ?? Play­ers in a group photo af­ter the friendly match with Ah­mad Rod­zli (third left).
Play­ers in a group photo af­ter the friendly match with Ah­mad Rod­zli (third left).

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