THE Malaysian Games is one of the annual highlights on Victoria’s community sporting calendar. Karen Poh has the details.
Malaysian sportsmen from all around Victoria will be hitting the playing field for the 2012 Malaysian Games starting next Saturday.
Hosted by the Malaysian Students’ Council of Australia, the Malaysian Games (previously known as the Inter-Varsity Games) is one of the biggest Malaysian sporting events in Victoria.
The best athletes then go on to represent Victoria to compete in MASCA’s annual National Conference and Games usually held mid-year in Gold Coast.
MASCA’s sports marketing co-director Liang Qi Lim, says the Malaysian Games aims to provide a platform for students and the wider Malaysian community to bond over their favourite pastimes.
“The Games are open to everyone, not just university students,” she says.
Participants can register either as an individual or sign up as a team, and events include badminton, basketball, futsal, netball, squash, table tennis, tennis, ultimate frisbee and volleyball.
And like previous years, expect to witness some stiff competition for popular sports such as basketball, tennis, table tennis and badminton (organisers had a record 90 players register to play badminton singles last year).
MASCA has also set up a Malaysian Games 2012 Players Facebook Group to help participants find a team – and they is still room for teams to play especially in futsal and ultimate frisbee.
Badminton, netball, squash and ultimate frisbee games will be held on Saturday March 31; basketball, table tennis, tennis and volleyball games on Sunday April 1, and futsal on the weekend of April 21 to 22.
With the exception of futsal and ultimate frisbee, all events will be held at the East and West Stadium at Melbourne University Sport off Swanston St (take tram 19 towards North Coburg on Elizabeth St.
To register, or for the full sporting schedule, visit malaysiangames.com.au.
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