SIBU: Sarawak girls will settle for nothing less than a gold medal in the National U-16 Volleyball Championship in Selangor from Nov 21-26.
Sarawak Volleyball Association chief Vincent Lau Lee Ming, however, admitted that it would be extremely hard for the boys to return with a medal, let alone the title.
“But with determination, anything is possible,” he said recently during the flag handover ceremony.
Lau said the girls team had always risen to the occasion when it mattered most and he saluted them for that.
They are the defending champions while the boys finished fifth last year.
Lau said the boys should emulate the never-say-die attitude of the girls and show that they were also a force to be reckoned with.
“We have every confidence the boys will show strong character and commitment to do their best.” However, he reiterated that winning was not everything, reminding the players to make friends during the competition and try to improve their standards.
“Sarawak volleyball players have been known for their prowess and hopefully, all of you will give your best and bring glory to the state.” On Sarawak’s participation in the championship, Lau said it was inevitable for any sports body to send teams to compete in big tournaments.
He pointed out that it would not be fair to the players if the association stopped sending them for such tournaments.
“The players will only feel demoralised, especially after all the hard training. Moreover, the standard will also decline if the players are not sent for exposure.” As such, even when countering hardships, sports associations must also send their players to compete in big tournaments, he added.