Famemas Sports Supporters Club members returned to Malaysia after embarking on a 7 - day 5 - night cheer trip to 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea to provide moral and vocal support to Team Samsung and other Malaysian athletes.
The 15 - strong supporters group had a hectic schedule cheering at sports as diverse as bowling, badminton, diving, hockey, sepak takraw, rhythmic gymnastics and karate. The trip was made possible by Samsung Malaysia Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd as part of their corporate sports marketing effort, and Samsung being a prestige partner of the Asian Games.
In line with Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee (IAGOC)’s theme for the Games ‘Diversity shines here’, Famemas supporters lit up the Games with their colourful presence, dressed in white Samsung tshirts, specially designed jackets that sync with Malaysian athletes’ colours and armed with Jalur Gemilang flags, banner, thundersticks, tiger mascots and drums.
Its not only the cheers that provided the highlight of the trip but the interaction between Famemas participants, fellow Malaysians and supporters from other nations that gave the Games a friendly outlook. Famemas supporters were packaged as sports and tourism ambassadors for Malaysia, all in one. Tourism Malaysia badges, souvenirs and flags were also handed out to supporters from other nations.
One of the most exciting and memorable moments for Famemas was when we cheered continuously and vociferously during Malaysia vs Pakistan semifinal hockey match at Seonhok Hockey Stadium, where Malaysia lost 5-6 after a thrilling contest that was decided only after penalty flicks.
The other memorable moment was when we sang Negaraku national anthem twice at karate’s Gyeyang Gymnasium where our exponents Lim Chee Wai and Syakilla Saini Jefri delivered golds for Malaysia in their kata and kumite events respectively.
Its not all work and no play for Famemas participants, as they also embarked on a tour of Seoul Tower and historical Cheong Deok Gung Palace during their free time.
Famemas Club would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to Samsung Malaysia Electronics (M) Sdn Bhd for the success of our very worthwhile and patriotic mission for our nation.
Majulah Sukan Untuk Negara!
Written by Lee Hui Seng
Chairman Famemas Sports Supporters Club Malaysia