Mr. Suresh Gopi, Director General of the Sambo Union of Asia (SUA) made a courtesy visit to OCM on Thursday, 24 October 2019. He was accompanied by 3 members of the Malaysia Sambo Association (MSA) namely Mr. Johnathan Wong (President), Mr. Chiew Zhi Liang (Assistant Secretary General) and Mr. Jake Wong Kah Kit (Committee Member).
They were welcomed by Dato’ Seri Azim Zabidi (Deputy President of OCM), Dato’ Mohd Nazifuddin (Secretary General of OCM), Ms. Michelle Chai (Chief Operating Officer of OCM) and Mr. Fong Wan Hor (General Manager of OCM).
Mr. Suresh Gopi informed that the SUA had been providing a series of supports to the MSA for the promotion and development of Sambo in Malaysia. The SUA is looking forward to assist the MSA to organise the first ever Sambo National Championship in 2020.
Dato’ Seri Azim Zabidi explained to Mr. Suresh Gopi that the OCM had also played a small role in the development of Sambo, even though the MSA has yet to become an affiliate member of OCM, by selecting Sambo athletes to participate in the Multi-Sports Games under the purview of OCM such as the 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 and the coming 30th SEA Games Philippines 2019.
The OCM will continue to support the effort of the SUA and the MSA to promote and develop the sport of Sambo in Malaysia.