The biggest Malaysian sporting event in the UK is being held at The University of Nottingham on Saturday, November 8.
More than 5,000 Malaysian students from 60 UK universities will be converging on University Park to take part in a day of sports and games.
The student athletes will competing for glory in football, squash, chess, scrabble, netball, snooker, basketball, badminton, volleyball, and table tennis during a full day of tournaments.
Senior representatives of the Malaysian government will also be in attendance. The Honourable Dato' Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Minister of Higher Education in Malaysia, will be heading a delegation from the Ministry and the Malaysian High Commission in London.
The Nottingham Malaysian Games, organised by the student-run Nottingham Malaysian Society (NMS), in conjunction with the Malaysian Students’ Department has been held annually in the city for the past 23 years. The games serve to promote healthy sportsmanship and foster ties between Malaysian students from all around UK.
Members of the Nottingham Malaysian Society also hope to use the event to promote the Malaysian nation and its culture – and show other students what makes their homeland unique.
The games — the biggest Malaysian sporting event in the UK — start at 8am on 8 November, and continue until the finals at 5.30pm. Games will be held at various locations on and off the main University Park campus, with venues including the Portland Building, Highfield Park, the University Sports Centre and five-a-side football at the Power League site.
Main trophies will be awarded for the netball, basketball and five-a-side football competitions, as well as the trophy for the overall champion of the 2008 Games. To emphasise the cultural element of the event, various Malaysian delicacies will also be sold throughout the day in the Portland Food Court, Portland Building, on University Park.
The University has long-standing links with Malaysia and was the first UK university to open a branch campus abroad — The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. The purpose-built 101-acre Campus at Semenyih, 30km south of Kuala Lumpur, was completed in 2005.
A full and integral part of The University of Nottingham, the campus is an international community of over 3,000 students from more than 50 countries.
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