By Martin Yee
ABOUT 200 elite athletes, coaches and officials of the Sarawak Sukma contingent undergo the first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination exercise held at the State Indoor Stadium in Kuching recently.
It is part of the Sarawak Sukma strategy to protect their athletes and coaches as well make sure their preparations for the Sukma Games scheduled to be held in Johor next year goes without a hitch.
The plan for the exercise is to unterdake it in stages with athletes from the Kuching and Samarahan to undergo the first dose of vacination followed by the Sibu and Miri athletes.
The Government through the Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC) also make sure that the vaccination for the athletes are done in a proper way as they follow the registration procedure according to the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) to make sure that there is “no jumping of the queue.”
“This is part of our strategy to protect out athletes and we also aimed at herd immunity against the Covid-19 to ensure that the training and preparation goes according tyo schedule,” said Minister of Tourism, Culture Youth and sports Datuk Karim Abdul Rahman when he witnessed the process recently.
Thanking the Sarawak Government, the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and the medical staffs and volunteers as well as presidents of the varous sports associations, Karim said Sarawak is the first in the country to undertake the initiative to provide vaccinations to the State athletes ad the elite coaches.
“We continue to call on the public to continue supporting our State Government/s efforts to keeping the people safe and sound. The task may be arduous but together we can defeat Covid-19 from spreading and to try our best and make our lives become back to normal.”
A total of 808 athletes from 31 sports will be participating in the Sukma held in Johor and scheduled for July 2022 and all the athletes will go in phases from all over the State for the vaccination exercise.
Photo courtesy of Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC)