by BERNAMA/ pic by BERNAMA
KUCHING – The Sarawak government is grateful to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for bringing the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) cycling race to Borneo after a 23 years hiatus.
Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the current edition of the LTdL is significant to the state as it has been made part of the Tour series after its last participation in 1997.
“We are proud of this event and this year, it is meaningful for the people of Borneo when Sabah and Sarawak are once again included in this race series.
“On behalf of the Sarawak people, I would like to thank the Prime Minister for this effort,” he told a press conference after flagging-off the LTdL2020 participants at Padang Merdeka, here today.
He said Sarawak is always willing to accept any proposal from the federal government to organise any international event or competition which could foster closer integration between Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abd Rahman said he would discuss with the LTdL organiser to maintain Sarawak as one of the race stages next season.
“I hope Sarawak will continue to be selected as the LTdL venue because we want the cycling event to be enjoyed not only in the peninsula but also in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.
A total of 123 professional riders competed in the first stage race today, covering a distance of 85.6 km.