Kaamatan main organising committee chairman Datuk Peter Anthony (centre) arrives to lauch the Traditional Sports, Cultural an Agriculture Exhibition in-conjunction with the Kaamatan Festival. at Hongkod Koisaan, KDCA, Penampang. Pic by KHAIRULL AZRY BIDIN

PENAMPANG: Rain can sometimes be a mood killer, but for visitors of the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA), the wet weather was not enough to dampen their spirit as they cheered on their favourite team in a ‘migazat dukug’ contest.

Many visitors were seen shielding themselves from the rain with their bare hands as their eyes remain fixed on the tug-of-war event. Some came prepared with umbrellas and raincoats.

The sports, carried out within a designated space, was indeed a crowd-puller as bystanders were willing to wait even when the organiser temporarily halted the event due to downpour.

It was one of the traditional sports highlighted in the two-day Kaamatan Festival Celebration, which begins today.

The event was aimed at attracting and exposing visitors to the Kadazandusun and Murut cultural sporting activities.

Other sports were ‘momolisitik’ (slingshot), ‘mipulos’ (arm wrestling), ‘monopuk’ (blowdart), ‘mamagandal’ (lifting paddy), ‘mobpiri/mengapui’ (lighting a fire), and ‘monungkava kalabau’ (capturing a buffalo with a rope).

Earlier, Kaamatan main organising committee chairman Datuk Peter Anthony launched the Traditional Sports, Cultural an Agriculture Exhibition in-conjunction with the Kaamatan Festival.

In his speech, Peter who is also State Infrastructure Development Minister hoped to see traditional sports being developed as Traditional Sports Festival.

“It’s about time Sabah gives a new narrative to traditional sports in the state, as well as at the national level.

“If Sarawak can organise a World Rainforest Music Festival and make it a prestige as well as an important global event, we can too for traditional sports in Sabah.

“Our ambition is to make Sabah a well-known traditional sports center in the region, so tourists do not only come for the state’s beautiful landscape, but to also see the lifestyle of its community,” he said.

Peter said a working committee would be established to fine tune the proposal and come up with a working paper to be submitted to the state government for further consideration.