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The First-Ever International Games For Traditional Sports Will Be Held In Sarawak

Traditional games go international!

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Come 2022, Sarawak will be hosting the first-ever Asian Sport for All Games

The Asian Sport for All Games will be hosted in Kuching, Sarawak after the state successfully bid for it in Tokyo, Japan in 2019. 

According to The Star, the event is organised by The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) and will welcome participants from across the continent to introduce their traditional sports and games to spectators.

Kuching the capital city of Sarawak

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Organised by three local sports body, the week-long event will feature hundreds of traditional and cultural sports events

According to Bernama, the three sports bodies are the Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA), Malaysian Sports for All Council (MASFA), and Sarawak Sports Corporation.

They signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday, 10 February, to cooperate on organising the event.

1st TAFISA Asian Sport for All Games in Kuching Sarawak

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Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth, and Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that they are making early preparations because "many countries will be joining".

"I've been made to understand that it (the number) can reach as many as 80 countries," he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

"As far as I know, it will not be showcasing ordinary competitive events but sporting events that blend culture and traditions. It can be traditional archery, blowpipe, or kite-flying competition, and regatta boat race but it (the final list) will be determined by the organising committee."

Abdul Karim also said that the event will have elements of tradition, culture, and friendship which are part of Sarawak's identity.

'Blowpipe' another traditional Malaysian game.

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The week-long event is scheduled to take place in August 2022

The TAFISA Asian Games aim to preserve and promote traditional sports and games, promote active living, encourage cooperation between nations, and promote participation in sport for all.

According to its website, TAFISA is a leading international organisation with more than 270 members from over 150 countries on all continents.

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