Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) emerged as the big winner at the Kejohanan Olahraga MAKSAK Johor 2019 which was held at Stadium Azman Hashim, UTM on the 20th October 2019 with overall medal collection of 10 gold, 9 silver and 3 bronze. The one day event saw the participation of athletes from 27 different government agencies all over Johor including Jabatan Imigresen Negeri Johor, Lembaga Perindustrian Nanas Malaysia, Jabatan Kesihatan Johor, Majlis Bandaraya Iskandar Puteri, Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri, Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia, Majlis Bandaraya Johor Bahru and Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran Johor. A total of 15 staff represented UTM in both the Senior and Veteran categories of which 9 staff competed in the Men’s category while 6 staff in the Women’s category. Four UTM staff managed to become double gold medalists in respective events namely Muhammad Zaim bin Hashim from the School of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering (800m and 1500m; Men’s Senior category), Aznorzam binti Salleh, a staff from the Hal Ehwal Pelajar office (800m and 1500m; Women’s Veteran category), Dr. Wan Mohd. Zakri bin Wan Abdullah, from the Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying (High Jump and Long Jump; Men’s Senior Veteran category) and Rohayah binti Dahar (Javelin and Discus Throw; Women’s Senior Veteran category). While the other two gold medals were won by Nurhafizah binti Zaini who competed in the 200m event under the Women Senior category and Dr. Zuriahati binti Mohd Yunos from the School of Computing, Faculty of Engineering who hit the finishing line first in the 5000m Women Veteran category. UTM staff’s athletic team manager, Pn. Habsah binti Jambari from the Center for Community and Industrial Networking office can’t contain her delight on the achievement of UTM staff athletes in this year’s edition of Kejohanan Olahraga MAKSAK Johor. She also expressed her gratitude to UTM’s Athletic coach, Mohd. Yusoff bin Mat Yaman from the university’s Sport Excellence Centre, for his dedication in preparing the athletes leading up to this event. Kejohanan Olahraga MAKSAK Johor 2019 also doubled up as the official selection event to identify athletes to represent Johor in the Kejohanan Olahraga MAKSAK Kebangsaan 2019 which is scheduled to be held in mid-November at the Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.

Mohd Zaim Hashim and Azrulnizam Zainal Abdin from UTM who emerged as Gold and Silver medal winners in the 1500m Men’s Senior category

Mohd Saifudin bin Nordin from the CICT leading the rest of the chasing pack in the 1500m category

Three UTM medalists: On the left, Rohayah Dahar (two golds; CICT), Mohd Safudin Nordin (bronze, CICT) and Nurhafizah Zaini (gold)

Mohd. Zaim Hashim (SKE) and Azrulnizam Zainal Abidin (JHB) leading the race in 1500m event

Some of UTM athletes competing in Kejohanan Olahraga MAKSAK Johor 2019

Aznorsam Salleh from Office of Student Affairs and Zulaiha binti Uni Haron from the Sports Excellence Centre received their medals in the 1550m category