Agong’s ‘reminder’ of National Sports Vision 2030 should shock stakeholders into delivering roadmap

“We also place high hopes in the development of the National Sports Vision 2030 (VSN2030), which is the government’s initiative to chart a new direction for the development of national sports in the next 10 years.”

Those were the words of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at the royal address during the opening of the First Meeting of the Fifth Session of the 14th Parliament, this morning.

The King’s reminder of VSN2030 took all of one paragraph, but it was enough to shock those who had been tasked to complete the long-awaited document.

The status of VSN2030, which was supposed to have been introduced last year, remains a mystery.

The document was to be the “roadmap for the next 10 years in empowering industry policies to facilitate the development of a more comprehensive, united, and collective, sports industry.”

VSN2030 was initiated during Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican’s time as youth and sports minister.

The ‘canvassing of ideas’ was supposed to be completed by October last year, and the document was to be made public during Hari Sukan Negara on Oct 9. Yet, that didn’t happen.

It was later understood that VSN2030 was to have been launched on Dec 9 – but the date clashed with the ‘100-day Aspirasi Keluarga Malaysia’, as reported by Twentytwo13 previously.

Till today, there has not been any mention of VSN2030.

With only eight years left to 2030, stakeholders in the local sporting ecosystem remain unclear as to the government’s vision.

This, despite the industry often touted as being capable of contributing millions, if not billions of ringgit, to the nation’s coffers.