Website launched to promote World Para Swimming Championship 2019

 

Kuching: The Sarawak government has launched a website to promote World Para Swimming Championship 2019, which will be held from July 29 - 4 August 2018. The website serves to deliver information to the participants and keep them informed about this prestigious event. Besides, the website also connects to the social media websites which will make it easy to share and connect with friends, family members, aquaintances and even strangers, said Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth And Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

 

Kuching is now in the world wide web for the para swimming community to google for more information and it also help to stimulate and promote tourism. This championship will see the participation of about 80 countries and an estimated 800 athletes accompanied by another 400 officials who shall visit Kuching in 2019.

The minister said the championship which is scheduled to start on 29th july and close on 4th august will witness top world class para swimmers in action. Being the last qualifying round for para swimmers to qualify for a place to swim during Paralympics Tokyo 2020, he expect more countries to come and participate.

 

Datuk Abdul Karim said countries like Japan, United States, Australia, Korea and Great Britain have indicated their interest in coming over for a short training stint in their conditioning training program. “However there is much work to be done in getting our city ready to receive the first delegates/country whom we expect to arrive as early as April 2019”, he revealed.

 

He added that evaluation of infrastructure and logistics had been reviewed in preparation for the event. Renovation work would be carried out at the venue – Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre. This would include scoreboard upgrade, disabled friendly as well as media and broadcast facilities.

 

“We will liaise with the hotels and other relevant stake holders to improve their facilities. This include transportation and logistics, where might source for buses with ramps to transport athletes. We must show great hospitality, provide excellent service to the athletes and the disable community”, he emphasised.

 

Also present were Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan, Paralympic Council of Malaysia Deputy President John Ng Keng Choon, Permanent Secretary Hii Chang Kee, Sarawak Sports Corporation CEO Dr Ong Kong Swee, Dr Javad Mortagghi Secretary General of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union and Mr Lawrence Chew.