Tuesday, 24 December 2013

The NST : Khairy wants special focus

REVIVE: NSC to work with associations to rebuild athletics, swimming

SPORTS Minister Khairy Jamaluddin wants the athletics and swimming unions to work with the National Sports Council (NSC) to focus on establishing Malaysia as a powerhouse in the region for both sports.

Khairy, who urged the NSC to carry out a post-mortem on  the drop in performance of both sports, including at the Myanmar Sea Games, wants special programmes to be initiated for the development of both sports.

"I do not want to elaborate on what has happened. As the sports minister I want to look forward and find ways to restore Malaysia as a regional powerhouse," he said in a Facebook posting yesterday.

He said among steps to be taken by the NSC would be to increase development programmes at state and district levels to identify talent as well as improve the quality of coaches through the National Coaching Academy and engage foreign expertise for certain events.

Khairy also expressed his disappointment over  the dismal performances of sepak takraw and badminton.

"I have also announced NSC's preparedness to assist the Sepak Takraw Association of Malaysia (PSM) in efforts to 'rescue' the sport. I hope they (PSM) will work with the NSC to introduce special programmes aimed at winning the gold medal at the 2017 Sea Games that Malaysia will be hosting," he said.

Khairy said though the Malaysian contingent had surpassed the 40-gold medal target set for the Sea Games by winning 43 gold, 38 silver and 77 bronze medals, in reality  Malaysia finished in fifth place behind Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Khairy  applauded the success of the backup squad athletes who managed to win nine gold, four silver and 12 bronze medals, the highest in the history of their participation in the Games.

"I have asked the NSC to increase the number of programmes involving backup squad athletes so that we need not be burdened to look for replacement when elite athletes are not available or when they decide to retire," he said.

Read more: Khairy wants special focus - Other - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/sports/other/khairy-wants-special-focus-1.444062#ixzz2oZlgDWqz

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