The scenic Klebang Beach in Malacca will play host to a major international invitational beach soccer event in October.
The inaugural Malacca International Beach Soccer 2008 is set to be a top sports tourism draw for Melaka on Oct 13-19 this year.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, speaking at the press conference to announce the event, said that event would promote the State as a key sports-tourism destination.
The event would be organised and promoted by AEJAZ EVENTS SDN BHD together with SENANDUNG KURNIA SDN BHD.
"With participating teams coming from as far as South America, Europe and Asia, I am sure this tournament would turn out to be a major sporting event for 2008 and also become a tourist attraction as it will be the first time that a Beach Soccer tournament will be held in our State," said Ali Rustam.
Eight teams including one from Malaysia are expected to participate in the tournament.
Malaysia last hosted an international beach soccer event a decade ago at the Stadium Negara.
Event promoters Aejaz confirmed that they are already in discussion with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to ensure the smooth running of the event as well as the participation of the Malaysian team.