Sports Ministry canvassing input for new national vision

‘Kanvas Visi Sukan Negara (VSN) 2030′ was launched virtually today by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.

But the VSN will only be introduced in October during Hari Sukan Negara.

Keyword: Kanvas.

According to Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka, ‘kanvas’ means the cloth or material used in painting. However, in the English language, there’s canvas and canvass.

The policymakers at Wisma KBS have both words in mind.

This VSN canvas isn’t all white as work started last year. Earlier this year, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican repeatedly said the blueprint will be ready by the first quarter of the year as his team held engagement sessions with current and former athletes, past and present administrators, coaches, and even the media.

On March 27, however, Foul! hinted that VSN would be delayed.

Those in Wisma KBS remained diplomatic about the postponement. It is to gather more feedback, they said.

In reality, the work put into VSN over the past few months was clearly insufficient.

The ministry now intends to get it right. The hiccup (although some will not see it that way) will not derail the ministry’s mission from gathering as many views as possible from more stakeholders before announcing the vision for the next decade.

Ministry representatives will have engagement sessions with local communities nationwide. A VSN 2030 website has also been launched for past athletes and stakeholders, who are now based abroad, to contribute their views.

The feedback will revolve around the six core elements of VSN:

  • Sports culture
  • Talent development
  • Sports excellence
  • Turning Malaysia into a sports hub
  • Strengthening the sports industry in the country
  • Injecting professionalism in sports

The elements are not exactly new as much of it has been spoken about by previous administrations.

There’s also the question of whether the vision will be followed through once there is a shift in power in Putrajaya or in Wisma KBS.

But the ministry is eager to get the ball rolling. The decision-makers admit sports belongs to all, thus this canvassing initiative to touch up the VSN canvas.

As Reezal Merican said during the launch: “The era of government knows best is over.”

The VSN 2030 is not a Reezal Merican and Co legacy but an attempt to get things done right. And it starts today.

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