Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sabah gears up for major events

INTERNATIONAL DRAW: State to host sport meets, cultural and music festivals throughout 2013

KOTA KINABALU: THE Sabah Golf Masters Tournament kicked off the state's international premier sporting events lined up for this year.

The prestigious tournament, which started on Wednesday and ended yesterday, saw 144 professional and amateur golfers throughout Southeast Asia competing for the top prize of RM226,537.

Held at the Sutera Harbour Golf Course, the tournament was aired on ESPN Star Sports and other channels in the region.

Attractive prizes await local and international dart enthusiasts at the 8th International Sabah Open Dart Tournament from March 1 to 3, held in conjunction with the city's 13th anniversary celebration.

The four-day Paragliding Accuracy World Cup Sabah will once again bring paragliders across the globe to Lohan Hill in Ranau on March 27.

This event is part of a world tour organised by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale and will be set against the beautiful view of Mount Kinabalu.

Another prestigious event, the KoKol International Paragliding Race, will bring paragliding aficionados to the naturally preserved Kokol hill from Sept 16 to 18.

The Sabah Adventure Challenge , to be held from March 29 to 31, is back to push athletes to their limits with two events -- the Adventure Race and Ultra Marathon.

The Adventure Race will see teams completing 150km of mountain biking, trail running and tyre tubing, while the Ultra Marathon involves 75 km of trail running by solo participants.

Another marathon, dubbed the Borneo International Marathon, is also set to attract running enthusiasts to the state capital on May 5.

It encourages non-runners to take part in the long-distance running event by signing up as photographers, volunteers and cheerleaders.

On June 15 and 16, tourists can experience the excitement at the Likas Bay as local and international teams race towards the finish line at the 28th Sabah Dragon Boat Race.

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