DILI, 06 february 2024 (TATOLI) – The Malaysian government through its embassy in Timor-Leste handed over a sepak takraw court to Timor-Leste Sepak Takraw Federation (TLSTF) to support national athletes.
“We want to improve the skills of the Timorese people in playing this type of sport so that they can compete at international level, such as the SEA Games, etc.”, said Amarjit Sarjit Singh, the Malaysian Ambassador to Timor-Leste, at the handover ceremony.
The construction of the Sepak Takraw court is part of Malaysia’s commitment to support Timor-Leste in the area of sport.
Meanwhile, João Rodrigues, Director General of Sports at the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Culture (MoYSAC), thanked the Malaysian government for supporting the construction of the Sepak Takraw court.
“On behalf of the government, I would like to express my appreciation to the Malaysian Embassy for the financial support for the construction of this court. This is part of Malaysia’s commitment to strengthen our bilateral cooperation in various fields, including sports,” he said.
He encouraged the Timor-Leste Sepak Takraw players to practice more to improve their skills so that they could represent Timor-Leste to compete in regional competitions one day.
TLSTF Chairman José Caetano Guterres said that his party will also discuss with Malaysia to train Timor-Leste coaches to improve the performance of players in this sport.
Currently, there are two coaches and 20 sepak takraw players. These players are currently studying sports at the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL).
Journalist: Jose Belarmino de Sa
Editor: Filomeno Martins