Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Environment, Datuk Christina Liew, has announced the revival of the renowned Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon, scheduled to take place in 2024.
"Today I am happy to announce that we are going to resume the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon, which was stopped in 2017," she shared during the launch of the Search and Rescue High Altitude Team (SAR-HAT) simulation training programme at Timpohon Gate on June 6.
She continued, "Hopefully, we can make it happen by next year after Sabah Parks (under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment) have made the necessary preparations to reopen the climbathon route."
Liew further revealed that the climbathon would be a part of a series of international events organized by her ministry to elevate Sabah's tourism to new heights. Additionally, plans are in the pipeline for an international golf tournament and the support of Miss World Malaysia.
The Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon, a renowned skyrunning competition, has been held annually in October since 1987, and it was formerly part of the Skyrunner World Series until 2010. The climbathon was discontinued in 2017 as its objective of showcasing the mountain and the surrounding Kinabalu Park had been accomplished.
One of the winners, Safrey Sumping, emerged as the Men's Open category champion in both 2016 and 2017. Hailing from Ranau, Safrey presently serves as one of the esteemed mountain guides at MountKinabalu.com.
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