The EduCity Johor Rugby Carnival 2017 came to a close at the EduCity Sports Complex at Iskandar Puteri, after two days of intense matches between 48 teams from all over the country. Vying for three inaugural cups, namely the Iskandar Cup, EduCity Cup and the Iskandar Puteri Cup, the teams displayed the best of Malaysian youth talents in rugby, competing in the U-11, U-14 and U-16 categories. The carnival was a winning collaboration between Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB) and the Johor Rugby Union (JRU).
“We are 100% behind this initiative to maintain the prestige of the game, especially among the school children in Johor and the communities here in Iskandar Puteri,” stated IIB’s President and CEO, Datuk Ir. Khairil Anwar Ahmad. “Having been a rugby player myself, I am keen to see rugby’s values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship to become a part of these youth players’ culture.”
Datuk Khairil was present at the final match of the EduCity Johor Rugby Carnival 2017 and gave away the prizes to the winning teams namely the Johor Rugby Academy for the U-16 category, English College for the U-14 and Pasir Gudang Wildcats for the U-11 category.
“IIB is honoured to have the support of the Johor State Government for this carnival, especially YB Dato’ Zulkurnain Haji Kamisan, Exco, Sukan, Kebudayaan dan Warisan, JRU President, Haji Mohd Noorazam Dato’ Haji Osman, and Encik Mohd Gadaffie Abd Aziz, Pengarah Majlis Sukan Negeri Johor. IIB will be hosting more inter-school rugby competitions here at EduCity Sports Complex, to complement Khazanah Nasional Berhad’s Active IP initiative. IIB welcomes corporations in Johor to join forces to bring the Iskandar 7’S Rugby Carnival to the next level,” continued Datuk Khairil.
The carnival offered one of the highest cash prizes for a school tournament and the public were also given a chance to show off their skills at the Drop Kick Challenge, with 10 school children walking away with prizes. The carnival also saw a good turnout on that day.
IIB and JRU will be organising the tournament annually and look forward to more school teams competing in the coming tournaments.