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, visit­ckleball.

 ??  ?? 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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