TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN – Sports involvement

An avid sportsman, Tunku Abdul Rahman was a firm believer that sports was a good catalyst to bring about greater social unity among Malaysians of various races and religions. Therefore he supported or started many sports events.

Tunku initiated an international football tournament, the Pestabola Merdeka (Independence Football Festival) in 1957. The following year, he was elected as the first president of Asian Football Confederation (AFC), a post he held until 1976.

Tunku also loved horse racing and was a regular at the Selangor Turf Club. He claims his lucky number is 13. He would win horse races that were held on the 13th of the month. Winning was a sure thing on Friday the 13th for him, he claimed.


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