Organiser goes all out in ensuring strict SOP compliance in Sarawak Adventure Challenge 2021
October 6, 2021
BAU (Sept 25): Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah is confident that the Sarawak Adventure Challenge (SAC) would continue to be an effective means of promoting Sarawak, particularly the Siniawan area, through sports tourism.
Miro takes a closer look at the SAC 2021 poster after its unveiling at Ayak Gallery in Siniawan Bazaar. Looking on (from right) are Chua, Lo and Basiuk. â Photo by Chimon Upon
He is also confident that given its experience, the organiser Draco Action Sports would ensure strict compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) amongst the competitors and local residents throughout the one-day event in Siniawan on Nov 7.
The competitors would slug it out in a number of formats and categories of mountain-biking and trail-running, covering distances of over 40km and 12km, respectively.
Registration for SAC 2021 is now open, and can be done online via www.sarawakchallenge.com.
âI have been assured by the organiser that all aspects of the event are appropriate, focusing on safety, proper health protocols and social distancing measures, including the use of electronic timing.
âI am also confident that the routes used for the race would serve to link the various attractions in the area to provide more activity options for visitors and locals alike,â said Abdul Karim, who is also Minister of Youth and Sports, in his speech to mark the launch of the âFifth Sarawak Adventure Challengeâ at Ayak Gallery, Siniawan Bazaar here yesterday.
The ministerâs speech text was read by Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh.
According to Abdul Kari, events such as the SAC are ways to promote the adventure and recreation potential of Sarawak not only to international tourists, but also to the local people.
âThis is evident from the increasing local participation in the event. The event is also an excellent platform for highlighting the spectacular scenery and natural attractions that Sarawak has to offer.
âIâve also noted that the event has grown in popularity after its inaugural hosting in 2017,â said Abdul Karim.
Since its introduction, the SAC has attracted participants from all around Asia including Peninsular Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.
In 2020, the event attracted 250 participants but due of travel restrictions, it was limited to Sarawak only.
âEven with these restrictions, the event was successfully held with 240 locals enjoying the challenge,â said Abdul Karim.
This yearâs theme âThe Evolution Trailâ serves as a tribute to the local communities and the areaâs significant history including the communities calling Bung Muan home, the people living along the river, the miners who came and settled here, the supporting businesses, and even the tourists.
âEvery year, the SAC would promote a new venue and carry unique themes to create awareness of Sarawakâs attractions and adventure potential.
âFrom the first year in Fairy Cave, came âThe Lost Minesâ; the event had featured Singai through âThe Sacred Mountainâ, Lundu with âMountain to Coastâ, Serian with âThe Jade Caveâ, and now Siniawan with âThe Evolution Trail. Each location has its unique story and stunning attractions,â said the minister.
Also present yesterday were Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang who is also Padawan Municipal Council chairman, Bau District Council deputy chairman Eddy Nayoi, as well as SAC co-race directors Chua Juan Chuan and Robert Basiuk.
Source: Bornoe Post Online